Protests against ‘tainted’ MLA, Rajouri hit Shahabad Doru area of South Kashmir, on Saturday, demanding stern action against the accused Shabir Khan, who resigned yesterday after a formal case, was lodged against him in Police Station Shahid Gunj, Srinagar, but only after the judicial intervention.
The protesters while exhibiting solidarity with the victim said, “The victim lady is like our daughter and sister, who showed courage to come against the tainted MLA, and hence practically encouraged women folk to come forward against the shameless people unfortunately enjoying power and position.”
“We are with the victim and thank her for exhibiting an extraordinary courage to expose the shameless Minister,” Mushtaq Ahmad Malik, one of the protesters told Kashmir Life correspondent.
Akhtar Ahmad Shapoo, a social activist, who was part of the protest said, “Hats off to the victim, now it is the duty of every conscious human being to press for a stern action against those who enjoy power and are tainted” adding “The victim has put the ball in our court now and it is our duty to protect our women folk from those who unfortunately rule us.”
The protest in Shahabab Doru, was attended by hundreds of people who were not only demanding a deep and independent inquiry in the case against Shabir Khan but also immediate arrest of the accused.
The protesters were aghast on what they call “irresponsible approach of Police” saying “ Police took more than a week to lodge an FIR against Khan and that too only when the victim approached the Court.
“This is utter shameful on part of the police that it did not act immediately after the victim approached it,” Shapoo said adding “Now police should act in a way so that we can have a reason to trust it.”
Shapoo also criticized a section of the media for identifying the victim. “This is an open violation of Supreme Court ruling and those who have committed it should ask for an apology.” Shapoo said adding “We see it as a deliberate act on their part.”
Meanwhile, Unjeman-e-Himayat-ul-Islam’s, Moulana Khurshid Ahmad Qanoongo, Vice President, Muslim Personal Law Board, Syed Mohammad Aslam Andrabi and Sajada Nashin Ziarat-e-Dastageer Sahab, Srinagar, Syed Khalid Gilani, in a joint statement also hailed the courage of the victim against “a powerful person” and said, “We stand by the victim lady and assure her that we will not remain as mere spectators against the enemies of our honour.”