PDP remained silent as Gujjars, Bakerwals were dispossessed, hounded: Farooq


Srinagar, Alleging that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remained silent as Gujjars and Bakerwals were dispossessed and hounded in Jammu region, National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday sought Special Legislative session to pass law for death penalty to child rapists.
Dr Abdullah, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Srinagar on Sunday chaired a meeting of the Party’s Provincial Committee for Kashmir Province at Party Headquarters, ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ in Srinagar.
Expressing anguish, grief and pain at the heart-rending and gruesome tragedy in Kathua, Dr Abdullah said his heart goes out to the victim’s family and sought the strictest, most exemplary punishment for the culprits.
Dr Abdullah said the party demands a special legislative session so that it could, as announced earlier, propose a bill mandating the death penalty for such heinous crimes against children.
Seeking a Special Legislative Session, Dr Abdullah alleged the gruesome rape and murder of an 8-year-old child in Rasana, Kathua was not an isolated, spontaneous crime but the manifestation of a deeply repugnant and repressive politics that hinges on the harassment, intimidation and disempowerment of the nomadic Gujjar-Bakerwal communities.