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HORRIBLE RAPES: Given the social stigma attached to it, not too many incidents of rape are reported across conservative societies including J&K. This week, however, there were lot many and very horrible incidents. This speaks of the state of societal mores and dehumanization of the male members of the community. In one incident reported from Katra, Guddi, a widow of 32 years had come from Ramnagar for a darshan. She was received by an acquaintance Ramjit Singh who took her to Hari Om Guest House where he raped her. Later, five more persons raped her.

She escaped somehow but was against kidnapped by Singh who later threw her out from a speeding maruti car. A humiliated and injured woman was traced by some passersby who informed the police. Barring one, police have arrested all the other accused. In Poonch, reports said a family invited a ‘tantrik’ to treat their daughter. Tantrik Mohammad Hajam Sain of Jhallas locked her in a room and tried to outrage her modesty. Her father, a BSF man rescued her and later police arrested the ‘tantrik’.

There were at least two reported incidents from Kashmir as well. In Uri, a recently elected Sarpanch Raja Ghulam Mohammad Khan and his policeman brother were arrested today after they allegedly tried to rape a teenage girl following a scuffle with her father over a piece of land. They had stopped the young lady, beat her and tore her clothes and were shooed away by villagers well before they could outrage her modesty. In Ganderbal district, police arrested a middle aged man from Ahmad Nagar after locals alleged that he raped a mentally challenged girl in Nagabal paddy feilds. She was taken to hospital where doctors confirmed rape.

MET: Moderate peacenik Mirwaiz Umar Farooq currently visiting Europe has met deputy chief of International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC), Monica Zullarchi in Geneva. He has talked about the state of human rights.

KILLED: PDP has accused ruling NC workers of killing its party activist Mohammad Hanief in Sonawari belt. Though the accused was involved in similar cases earlier, police skipped arresting him till he murdered Hanief, reports said.

AXED: When families of Ghulam Mohammad and Mukhtar Kawa fought over some issued in Kawpora, Shadipora, Sumbal one of them axed to death a 33-year old youth Hanief Ahmad Kawa. He was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead. CRPF was deployed in the area to prevent tensions escalating further.

DAMAGED: The 150.9 meter span vented causeway at pilgrimage spot of Utterbehni suffered extensive damage within few years of its construction last month. An investigation was launched over the construct involving M/s A K Constructions Private Limited.

SURVIVED: Doctors have amputated both the limbs of Maala Banu, a 26 year old housewife, living in Garipora, Rakhi Arat, Bemina. She was electrocuted on August 25 this year when she came in contact a 33000 KV line lying low after an overnight technical snag, not managed by the officials. The line was barely 5 ft from ground in the fields Maala’s family owned.
PUNISHED: Sanjay Parihar, third Additional Sessions Judge, Jammu awarded five years imprisonment and fine of Rs 5000 to an RS Pora resident, Deepak Kapoor who had obtained appointment as sub-Inspector in Police Department on forged documents.

KILLED: 24 commuters were killed and 20 others wounded when an overloaded and over speeding mini-bus rolled down into 700 feet deep gorge. The vehicle (JK14B-0180) was on its way from Ramban to Neel area of Banihal tehsil when it met with an accident at Digdol on Jammu-Srinagar highway.

COMPLETED: Kelo da, a new funny Bengali celluloid character, is set to take the audience in a comedy-filled journey to Kashmir with the upcoming release ‘Kelo da in Kashmir’. Directed by Sanghamitra Choudhury, the film promises a highly comic experience for the audience. The film was shot at Mughal Gardens, Sonmarg and Gulmarg.

LANDED: Chinese troops are reported to have entered into the Nyoma belt of Leh again and destroyed some old Army bunkers and tents in Chumar area. Though denied  by the army, reports said the Chinese troops in helicopters entered one-and-a-half kilometres into the Indian airspace, landed and destroyed the bunkers.

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