Kulgam Woman Now Says Was Not Raped16 August 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: There was a new twist to the Kulgam case on Tuesday as the police claimed that the alleged rape victim has deposed before the Judicial Magistrate that she wasn’t raped, contradicting her earlier statement that she was abducted and gangraped by two Armymen. On July 21, a 32-year-old woman from Gujardara, Kulgam, had alleged that on the evening of July 19, when she had gone to a stream near her house, she was abducted by two Army personnel and taken to the Kanidajan forest where they gangraped her. She had said that the Armymen released her later and threatened her with “dire consequences” if she complained. The police had registered a case against two “unknown Armymen”. Protests were held across the Valley over the alleged rape and abduction. Addressing a press conference, SP, Kulgam, Mubassir Latiefi and in-charge SIT Mohammad Shafi Mir said on July 21 the woman complained at Damhal Hanjipora police station that on July 19 she had gone to the nearby spring where she was abducted and raped by two Army personnel in uniform, having wireless sets with them. The SP said the woman had stated that on July 21 they left her in the forests from where she reached Chhiranbal. Latiefi said an SIT, headed by Additional SP, Kulgam, was constituted. “She was medically examined first at sub-district hospital, Damhal Hanjipora, and subsequently at district hospital, Kulgam,” he said, adding that during the course of investigation the statements of witnesses were recorded. “The statements of the woman, her husband and brothers-in-law were recorded before the Chief Judicial Magistrate Kulgam- Judicial Magistrate D H Pora. In her statement she deposed that neither was she abducted nor raped by any Army personnel or civilian,” he said. The SP said the woman stated that she had left hutment on her own on July 20 morning, which contradicted her initial statement that she was abducted on July 19 evening. “The statements of other three witnesses corroborated her second statement. Final medical opinion formed on the basis of medical examination, laboratory tests and forensic report revealed that there was no evidence of rape,” he said. The SP said investigation is on to find out the circumstances which led her to lodge a false FIR.