AI urges urgent Handwara girl’s release

Srinagar—The Amnesty International has taken a serious note of detention of a Handwara teenage girl and her family members and demanded their immediate release.
The AI campaigner, Zahoor Wani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Authorities must immediately release the teenage girl, her father and aunt who were in police station in Handwara, Kupwara district. Pending their release, they must be granted prompt access to their family and lawyers. The girl has been detained since April 12, and her family members since April 13.”
“A teenage girl who has been sexually assaulted needs to receive sensitive and respectful treatment from the authorities, and not be herself detained in police custody. “If the family needs protection, they should receive it at a location of their choosing,” he added.
Five people have been killed since April 12 when protests broke out in Handwara over the girl’s sexually assault by an Indian army soldier.—KMS

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