Kashmir Rape Case: SIT Detains Man For Instigating Woman28 July 2011
Times of India
Srinagar: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the alleged rape incident in Kulgam district of south Kashmir has detained a man on charges of instigating a woman to put the blame on Army. A senior police official said a man identified as Ghulam Hassan was detained on Wednesday after it emerged that he had instigated 32-year-old Ruqaya Bano to blame the Army. 'We are trying to ascertain the motives of the man for instigating the woman but so far there is nothing to suggest that he might be linked to any separatist outfit,' the officer said on condition of anonymity. The officer said investigations have also revealed that there were some problems in the woman's martial life as she had not been able to conceive even after three years of marriage. 'On the day she had disappeared, she had quarreled with her husband and left home. After wandering overnight, she met Ghulam Hassan while on her way back to home who asked her to blame army,' the officer said. Earlier last week, the rape controversy had taken a new turn when the husband and mother-in-law of Ruqaya claimed before police that she suffered from mental illness and was at her home home on the day she claimed she was sexually abused. The statement of the family members of Ruqaya, 32, are contrary to her claim that she was picked up by two men in uniform on July 19 and allegedly gangraped for two days before being let off on July 21. In her statement to the SIT on Friday, Amina Bi, mother-in-law of the alleged victim, said her daughter-in-law went missing on the morning of July 20 and not evening of July 19. Ruqaya had alleged that she was kidnapped by two men in uniform on the evening of July 19 and held hostage for two nights during which she was raped in a 'Dhok' at Manzgam, 80 km from Srinagar.