Husband, mother-in-law describe woman as mentally sick23 July 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: After medical report of a Kulgam woman, who alleged rape and abduction, revealed no signs of violence or resistance, it is now her husband and mother-in-law who claimed that she is suffering from mental illness and was at her home at that time. The statements of the duo are contrary to 32-year-old Ruqaya Bano's claim who alleged that she was abducted and raped by two men in uniform. As per her claim she was abducted on July 19 and let off on July 21. But her in-laws have told the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that she was missing from her home for one night only. 'And Ruqaya has not given a proper answer to SIT as why she didn't raise an alarm when her in-laws hutment was hardly 50 meters away.' According to sources, mother-in-law of Ruqaya, Amina, told the SIT yesterday that her daughter-in-law went missing on the morning of July 20 and not evening of July 19. 'Ruqaya had gone to a spring at 7 a.m. on July 20 and didn't return till late in the evening. We tried to locate her but couldn't find her. Next morning she returned. When she was asked about her overnight absence, she started beating her chest. We took her to hospital where she told the doctors that she was raped. There was no presence of police or Army in the area that day,' Amina said. Latif Ahmad, Ruqaya's husband also told the SIT that she was missing for one night only. He revealed that she was taking medicine for her mental illness. General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps Lt General SA Hasnain had ordered fast track preliminary investigations into the allegations. Police lodged an FIR against unknown persons on the basis of allegations of Ruqaya and formed SIT to investigate the case. The medical report by Dr Shazia Afzal at Sub-district Hospital, Damhal Hanjipora revealed that there were no marks of violence or resistance. However, there was presence of dead sperms and the vaginal swabs have been sent for forensic investigations. The allegations of abduction and rape by Ruqaya led to protests in Manzgam area of Kulgam on Thursday and Friday in which 5 people were injured. Besides this, yesterday protests went violent setting ablaze an official vehicle of Tehsildar and a scooter. Meanwhile, majority of the shops and businesses establishments were closed and traffic on roads was thin today in response to a protest call given by hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the incident. Banks and schools mostly remained closed and attendance in the Government offices was minimal. Police said the situation across the Valley was peaceful and there were no reports of any untoward incident. Large number of police and paramilitary CRPF have been deployed in Manzgam, Kulgam, and other sensitive areas of Kashmir valley to maintain law and order.