Protests have been erupted in Indian-administered Kashmir, as thousands of people including students and teachers have taken to the streets over the rape of a three-year-old in Sumbal area of Bandipore district last week. The accused, who has been arrested, has claimed that he is a minor.
The accused had given the child some sweets and taken her to an isolated courtyard in Trigam village, where she was assaulted. Medical examination has confirmed rape and the arrested accused has been booked under rape charges and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences), a senior police officer said.
A controversy, however, started after the accused produced a certificate from a private school that says he is a minor. Angry villagers demanded that the school be sealed, some even attempted to set it on fire. Police said the school’s principal, who is also a close relative of the victim, has been taken into custody.
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