Never demanded or need police protection: Handwara girl’s parents

Never demanded or need police protection: Handwara girl’s parents  
Asif Iqbal
Srinagar, May 11: Parents of the Handwara girl today filed an affidavit before the Jammu and Kashmir high court, stating that their family including daughter does not need any police protection.
“At no point in time has deponent, minor daughter or sister-in-law voluntarily sought police protection or protective custody,” father of the girl said in affidavit filed by the girl’s father before the state high court in compliance to the directions by the court last week.
“The deponent on behalf of my minor daughter and the family, state that we do not require any police protection or protective custody and we wish to move freely and reside at any place of our choose. We do not seek any restrictions, regulations or surveillance on our movements by any agency,” he said, adding that the family will be personally responsible for safety.
The girl’s mother in her affidavit stated what her husband asserted and attested before the high court.
The state government said that the girl approached police station Handwara on April 12 at around 3:15 pm stating that she was molested, dragged and slapped by two local boys while she was coming out of a public lavatory in the main chowk Handwara.
She identified one of the boys as Hilal Ahmad Banday who according to her was yelling “Kya Kashmiri Mar Gaye Hai” (have Kashmiris died), he said.  The other boy, she said, is not known to her but she could identify him, the police said. Accordingly, he said, a case (FIR No. 130/2016 u/s 509, 354,341) RPC was registered.
Massive protests had been witnessed in Handwara town of north Kashmir on April 12 following allegations that a girl was allegedly molested by an armyman.
Three persons were killed in security forces firing on protestors on the same day, while two other persons were killed in similar action over the next three days of protests.