Doctor says women gang-raped: Locals


Srinagar, June 01, 2009 :  The locals and the family members of the two women who were raped and murdered by troopers on Saturday has said that the doctor who examined the bodies of the duo disclosed that they were gang raped and tortured to death.

Bodies of two women identified as Nelofar Jan 22 and her sister-in-law Asiya Jan 17 were recovered from a stream at Arhama village in Shopian on Saturday morning.  The locals said that the two were raped and murdered by the troopers stationed in the village.

“On Saturday a lady doctor accompanied by Chief Medical Officer Pulwama examined the bodies of Neelofer and Asiya in District Hospital Shopian. When the lady doctor came out after examining the bodies she remained silent and did not utter a word,” the locals told media men.  They said, “We insisted her to tell the truth. Neelofer’s father and some locals brought a copy of Holy Quran and asked the doctor to swear by it. She broke down and revealed that the two ladies have been gang raped by at least 15-18 persons”.

The family members of the victims said their bodies were having nail scratches and bruises.  “I saw Asiya’s body without clothes and draped her with my shirt. Some 200 meters ahead, I found body of Nelofar in the same condition,” brother of Nelofar, Zahoor Ahmad told media men.

He said there were visible scratch marks on their bodies. “It seemed they were murdered brutally,” Zahoor added.  Nelofar’s husband, Shakeel Ahmad Ahangar said, “At around 8 pm I contacted my wife on phone and she said that they were on their way to home. When I again tried to call her, her mobile was switched off. We searched them in the area throughout the night without any success”. He said, “I made more than 30 rounds of the area in the night where from two bodies were found later. I couldn’t find anything till 3.30 am Saturday”. 

The locals said that taking advantage of darkness, the CRPF personnel of a nearby camp dragged two women to their camp. “The troopers raped and later killed them brutally,” they added.

On the other hand, the also prevented readers from getting information about the rape and murder of two Shopian women by troopers and seized copies of daily news papers. Analysts said that the authorites were frustrated with unfortunate development in Shopian and its failure to rein in troopers and policemen from unleashing terror on civilian population and seized the newspapers as a measure to block the information about the incident to stop further unrest. “After unleashing a reign of terror, the government now is also blocking the information,” said Muneer Ahmad Dar, a resident of Shopian.