*SRINAGAR, MAY 13 (PTK):*Protests have erupted across the valley in the aftermath of the heinous rape case on a 3 year old little child in Sumbal area of north Kashmir 's Bandipora district on May 8, wherein the protesters have demanded for the accused to be hanged.
Along with calling for capital punishment against the rape accused, the protesters are expressing their outrage over the passivity of the Hurriyat leadership and questioning as to why a shut down has not been called by them.
The brutal rape on the little girl by her neighbour has prompted the Jammu and Kashmir Police to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the incident.
Meanwhile, the age of the accused is still in question as the school principal has allegedly issued a certificate declaring the accused as minor, however locals have claimed that he is 27 years old.
As per the Police reports, a medical test of the accused will be conducted to ascertain his age.
Mainstream political parties like Mehbooba Mufti's PDP, the National Conference of the Abdullahs, Sajan Lone's People's Conference and separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday have condemned the alleged rape of the minor in Bandipora district of the state on Twitter.
Mainstream political parties and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir Sunday condemned the rape of a minor girl and demanded exemplary punishment to the perpetrators.
"The rape of a child in Tirgaam is a travesty. Jammu and Kashmir Police must ensure a speedy investigation with only one consideration and that is to identify the guilty, prepare a watertight case and ensure exemplary punishment to those responsible," National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.
People's Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti said Shariah law seems apt to deal with such cases. She tweeted, "Mortified to hear about the rape of a three-year-old girl in Sumbal. What kind of a sick pervert would do this? Society often blames women for inviting unwanted attention but what was this child's fault? Times like these, Shariah law seems apt so that such paedophiles are stoned to death."
Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference chairman Sajad Lone said the incident merits introspection.
"The tragedy in Tarigam Sumbal as beastly it merits serious social introspection. We need to seriously ponder on this mad sickness on the prowl. We need to work hard to rediscover the moral foundations of our society," Lone said in a tweet.
He said he had talked to Governor Satya Pal Malik and requested that the perpetrator of the crime be strongly dealt with.
Separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani also condemned the incident.
"Deeply disturbed by the shocking heinous crime committed on a 3-year-old child in Sumbal. Such repeated incidents raise a serious question mark on how much of our moral and religious values have been imbibed within us and are reflected in our collective behaviour as a society.
"Appeal all to maintain calm and introspect while demanding stern punishment and speedy justice for the victim," Mirwaiz said on Twitter.
In a statement, Geelani termed such incidents as a black stain on the social fabric and rich culture of the state.
The minor girl was allegedly raped just before iftar (evening meal had during the holy month of Ramzan) according to the complaint filed by her family.
The police have already arrested a person identified as Tahir Ahmad Mir, accused of raping the three-year-old girl in Sumbal area of north Kashmir 's Bandipora district. (PTK)