Geelani seeks impartial probe
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Sunday demanded impartial probe into the allegations of molestation by a nurse against senior officers of Health Department including its Director. He also demanded the trial of the accused in an open court.
“The victim alongwith her children and husband called on Geelani this morning and narrated the whole incident,” Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said in a statement.
“Instead of being investigated in the corridors of power, the allegations should be probed in an open court and people should be apprised of the proceedings on day-to-day basis and anyone found guilty should be given stern punishment,” he said quoting Geelani.
Referring to the infamous sex scandal of 2007 involving some senior officers and ministers and rape and murder of Asiya and Neelofar in 2009, Geelani said; “In all such cases there are minimal chances of impartiality as politics supersedes justice. The irony is that the accused even after serving imprisonment are not only welcomed but awarded with promotions and others perks,” he said.
Expressing concern over growing cases of crimes against women in Kashmir, Geelani also demanded thorough probe into the molestation of a girl allegedly by a teacher in Kulgam and assault on a girl in Verinag in South Kashmir.
“Any conscientious citizen will be concerned at reports of sexual harassment of women. There should be an impartial and fair probe into these allegations. Incidents of sexual assaults and harassment are against religious teachings and traditions of Kashmiri society. Kashmiris were known world over for their moral values. However with the passage of time, we seem to be losing these values fast,” he said.
Geelani blamed the “incompetent administration and the wrong educational system” for the menace. “Only a puritanical system of governance can stop such crimes against women. There is dire need to change the educational system too. The parents who let their wards go alone on picnics should also introspect whether it is right or wrong,” he said.