Kathua rape crusader arrested

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Srinagar

Talib Hussain, a prominent social activist who led protests seeking justice for the family of the Kathua gangrape-murder victim has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman in Samba district, an official said.

Talib Hussain was arrested following a complaint lodged on Tuesday by a woman who is his relative, an official said.

In her complaint, the woman alleged that she was raped by Hussain a month-and-a-half ago in Chadwa forest, he said.

Hussain, armed with a knife, intercepted the woman when she had gone to the forest for grazing cattle and also thrashed her, the complaint said.

The complainant said she remained silent for so long as Hussain had threatened to kill her and that she told her husband about the rape on Tuesday only, the police official said.

Hussain was arrested from Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district by police and kept at Samba police station, he said.

The official said the activist had also been booked under the Arms Act and a probe had been launched in the case.

Hussain shot into prominence after being at the forefront of a campaign to seek justice for an eight-year-old girl who was abducted, raped and murdered in Kathua district in January this year.

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