SRINAGAR: In view of increasing braid chopping incidents in Kashmir, a fresh Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday to seeking court’s intervention in the backdrop of failure of the state agencies especially the police to track down the perpetrators.
The PIL was filed by Advocate Hilal Ahmed Lone in division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Alok Aradhe. The counsel stated before the court that situation was getting worse by each passing day as cases of mysterious hair-chopping were being reported.
“There has been a lackadaisical approach of police. Several braid choppers have been handed over to police by public but police have released them. They don’t even register a First Information Report (FIR),” he said.
State counsel, advocate B A Dar submitted that the government has announced the award of Rs 6 lakhs to a person who will help police in nabbing “any anti-social element found involved in such incidents. Police is doing its job and they are trying every bit to nab the culprits.”
He further said that in September, the police constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in every district headquarters headed by SSPs to speed up the investigation process and also issued helpline numbers to public to get assistance from police.
Advocate GN Shaheen, general secretary of Bar Association told the court that he has visited 20 victims so far and submitted before the court that it is a means of harassing “our daughters, sisters and mothers”. “We cannot remain mute on this volatile issue. This needs to be addressed and culprits must be brought to justice,” he pleaded.
“My daughter had a narrow escape from such incident. Even her
statements have been recorded by Police Station Khanyar but nothing is happening on ground,” adding “a stone-pelter is nabbed within five minutes, then why can’t a braid-chopper be caught,” he said.
The court was informed that one month has passed and police has not found any clue yet.
After hearing the plea, the division bench took the matter on priority and asked status report from State government within two days.
“Status report regarding the details of the FIRs registered in various police stations of the state and number of incidents occurred in the state shall be mentioned in the report,” Justice Durrez said.
The incidents were reported from, Kulgam, Anantnag, Srinagar,
Bandipora and Budgam in Kashmir division. From Jammu division, cases were reported from Kathua, Rajouri, Sambha, Jammu, Udhampur and Reasi.
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