'Rape And Murder' FIR Will Help Ease J&K Situation: PDP

5 June 2009
The Times of India


Srinagar: The People's Democratic Party on Friday claimed that the registration of a 'rape and murder' FIR in the mysterious deaths of two women in Shopian would help in easing the current situation in the Kashmir valley. 'Unless an FIR of rape and murder is filed, the situation will not improve and entire response by the government on the issue will continue to look dubious,' PDP president Mehbooba Mufti told reporters here. The government should direct police officers of Shopian district to file the case and make the report of post-mortem of the victims public, she said. To a question that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that the family of the victims can file a case, Mufti said, they were on hunger strike demanding the police acknowledge that the victims had been 'raped before murder'. Mufti accused the chief minister of changing statements since the incident happened a week ago. 'First he termed it a simple case of drowning and ordered a judicial probe. Now he says something has happened and he would press entire administration into action to find out the truth in the case,' she said. The PDP president also sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention in the matter.