Kashmir IGP Refuses Speaking To Handwara Minor Girl, Alleges Human Rights Group



Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Societies (JKCCS), a Srinagar based Human Rights defender group, Wednesday said that since last three days, it has been approaching the Inspector General (IG) of J&K Police – Kashmir range – Syed Javed Mujtaba Gillani, for a meeting in connection with the illegal detention of Handwara minor girl and her family.
“Yesterday evening the Handwara minor girl spoke to JKCCS team on phone. She and her family informed that against their will the police have shifted them to a stranger’s house 15 kms away from the Handwara town. After detailed discussion JKCCS proposed her to call the IGP Kashmir and Chairperson of the State Commission for Women, Nayeema Mehjoor, directly to inform them about her ordeal in the illegal police detention, her demand for free movement and an immediate access to her lawyers,” JKCCCS said in a statement this afternoon.

“The minor girl called the IG several times but only once he picked up the phone. After she identified herself, the IG cancelled the call. JKCCS team called DIG Ghulam Hassan Bhat and requested him to inform the IG that the minor girl wants to talk to him urgently. We were assured that the IG will speak to the girl,” the statement claimed.

“Immediately after that the police personnel went inside the house where the girl is detained and threatened her to not call the IGP Kashmir,” the statement alleged. “The minor girl was able to speak to Nayeema Mehjoor and gave her detailed statement and requested her to facilitate her conversation with IGP Javed Geelani. Ms Mehjoor promised to help.”

The case is being heard by the J&K High Court in Srinagar today.


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