May 2016 News

Didn't Record, Circulate Handwara Girl's Video: Army

3 May 2016
Rising Kashmir
Sheikh Saleem

Srinagar: Army has denied its role in the recording of video statement of the minor girl from Handwara, who has been at the centre of the controversy leading to five civilian killings. 'Army has only released the video which was already available on various social media and in no way was even remotely concerned with the recording of the video,' Army stated in the objections filled before the court against the writ petition of the girl's mother. 'As a matter of caution, when the video was released by PRO, the face of the girl was obscured to prevent the disclosure of her identity. Thus, nothing has been done by the respondents (Army) with malice,' the army added. The girl's mother had prayed to investigate the role of army, particularly General Officer Commanding 15 Corps, in the creation and release of the video. Army further maintained that none of its personnel was involved in the alleged molestation of the said girl. The army informed the court that a rumour was spread in Handwara town by 'anti-national elements' that a minor girl has been molested by an army person, 'which lead to attack on three army posts located in the town and setting on fire one of the posts'. Army rejected the allegations as being 'devoid of any merit and the writ petition merits dismissal with exemplary costs'. It prayed before the court to dismiss the writ petition 'and if the petition is not dismissed then the name of army be deleted from the array of respondents'. The army also prayed for decimal of petition on the ground that a PIL is already pending in court on the same grounds and the division bench has been reserved for orders.