The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani (Chairman APHC-G), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq (Chairman APHC-M) and Muhammad Yasin Malik (Chairman JKLF), has in strongest terms condemned the rape incident of a minor girl in Sumbal, Bandipora and termed it shocking, unfortunate, gruesome and inhuman act.

While terming the incident as a stain on the social, spiritual fabric and rich culture of Kashmir, JRL has said that this unfortunate and gruesome incident needs a thorough investigation and the culprit of this immoral act needs to be awarded exemplary punishment. JRL in a statement stated that the incident has not only left the conscience of every Kashmiri badly shaken but brought every head down in shame.

JRL said that while this shameful and heart-breaking incident has pierced through our hearts and minds and left all of us shocked, some people might take advantage and try to divide us in the name of sects and tribes. The affected kid belongs to all of us and we all share the pain and agony of her family and stand firmly behind them, they added. We all want the culprit to be brought to justice and justice for her and affected family. JRL at the same time has urged and stressed people across all sections to maintain unity and brotherhood on all fronts, and to exhibit patience and discipline.


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