March 2003 News

J-K Family On Run To Save Daughter From Ultras

10 March 2003
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Abdul Rehman Dar has been wandering the streets of Srinagar for the past one week. A group of militants has been allegedly trying to force the poor farmer into marrying off his 17-year-old daughter to one of their colleagues. The girl allegedly fled from the militants' clutches recently after three months in captivity. Dar and his family recently moved out of their Dungarpora village in Beerwah of Budgam district to Srinagar. Dar said he has approached police, human rights groups, politicians, civil officials and lawyers for help. SP, Budgam, Satish Khandare said the police, as a first step, have booked some persons in connection with the case. 'I will not tolerate any illegal or criminal activities in the area and the father can return to his village. We have assured him help and protection,' he said. Khandare claimed it was police who helped free the girl from the militants. Dar said Maqbool Mir, one of the militants, had asked him for his daughter Suriya's hand in marriage. He added that Mir, who is 40 and a father of three, along with his group had threatened him and 'told me that he will set my house afire if I do not agree. He also said that he will marry off my younger daughter to one of his friends.' Abida, 14, Dar's younger daughter, said it was then that she and her sister ran away from the village and stayed with relatives in Magam.


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