Srinagar | May 16 : The girl whose complaint of molestation on April 12 led to protests and firing in Handwara on Monday said that she was forced by the police to record a statement in custody and also abused by the cops.
“The police forced me to say things that they recorded and put up on the internet,” the teen said at a press conference today.
Five people were killed in clashes between protesters and security forces after the girl, who stays in Handwara, alleged that she had been molested by a soldier. But in a controversial video shot inside the police station, the girl said she had been harassed by local boys on her way home from school.
The girl said she was kept against her will in the police station.
“They made me sign blank papers. I can’t write in Urdu. They made my write in Urdu and took our signature,” she said, flanked by her parents.
The girl was under protective custody for 27 days and was released only after court intervention.
2015 Kashmir Despatch