Protests have erupted across the valley in the aftermath of the heinous rape case on a 3 year old little child in Sumbal area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district on May 8, wherein the protesters have demanded for the accused to be hanged.
Along with calling for capital punishment against the rape accused, the protesters are expressing their outrage over the passivity of the Hurriyat leadership and questioning as to why a shut down has not been called by them.
The brutal rape on the little girl by her neighbour has prompted the Jammu and Kashmir Police to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the incident.
Meanwhile, the age of the accused is still in question as the school principal has allegedly issued a certificate declaring the accused as minor, however locals have claimed that he is 27 years old.
As per the Police reports, a medical test of the accused will be conducted to ascertain his age.
Mainstream political parties like Mehbooba Mufti's PDP, the National Conference of the Abdullahs, Sajan Lone's People's Conference and separatist leaders in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday have condemned the alleged rape of the minor in Bandipora district of the state on Twitter.
Separatist leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani also condemned the incident.
"Deeply disturbed by the shocking heinous crime committed on a 3 year old child in Sumbal. Such repeated incidents raise a serious question mark on how much of our moral and religious values have been imbibed within us and are reflected in our collective behaviour as a society."
"Appeal all to maintain calm and introspect while demanding stern punishment and speedy justice for the victim," Mirwaiz said on Twitter.
In a statement, Geelani termed such incidents as a black stain on the social fabric and rich culture of the state.
At Khomeini Chowk in Bemina area on the outskirts of the city, clashes took place between protesters and security forces who fired pellets and tear smoke shells to disperse them, which was condemned by People's Conference Jammu and Kashmir (PCJK) chief Sajad Lone.