Handwara Firing: 16-year-old tells magistrate she wasn't molested

Girl records statement before Handwara CJM; once again rubbishes allegations of being molested by army personnel

Srinagar: The girl, who is at the epicentre of the Handwara storm, recorded her statement before the Chief Judicial Magistrate yesterday in which she stood by her earlier statement that no army personnel molested her last Tuesday.

The girl, along with her father, was presented before the Handwara Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on Saturday evening and her statement was recorded, the police said.

“In her statement before the CJM, she revealed that on 12-04-2016, after school hours, while proceeding to her home, along with her friends, she entered a public lavatory near main chowk Handwara for answering nature’s call.

As soon as she came out of the lavatory, she was confronted, assaulted and dragged, by two boys and her bag was snatched by one of the boys in school uniform,” the police said.

The cops presented the girl before the CJM following orders by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on a petition filed by the mother of the girl.

The petition sought the release of the girl, her father and aunt, who were in police custody since the day when the allegations of molestation resulted in violent protests across Handwara.

Army Chief visits J&K

With tension still prevailing in parts of the Valley, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh yesterday visited the Valley to take stock of the security situation.


Army Chief General Dalbir Singh

Singh, who was on a day-long visit, arrived at the headquarters of Udhampur-based Northern Command, where the northern army Commander Lt Gen D S Hooda received him and briefed Singh about the overall security situation, a defence spokesman said,

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