Probe ordered in rape allegations against jawans
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Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2011, 17:21
  
Srinagar: The Army on Friday ordered an internal probe into allegations that its soldiers had abducted and raped a woman in Kulgam district, even as Chief Minister Omar Abdullah promised strict action against the guilty.

The medical examination of the 32-year-old woman, who accused army personnel of abducting and raping her sparking protests in the area, has revealed no marks of torture or violence on her body, according to highly placed sources.

They said the swabs taken from the woman have been sent for forensic laboratory in Srinagar. "If any foreign bodies are found in the swabs, the same will be subjected to DNA testing for ascertaining the identity of the bearer."

General Officer Commanding of the Army's 15 Corps Lt General S A Hasnain said an internal probe has been launched into the case and strict action will be taken against the guilty but cautioned that the allegations may have been levelled to "defame the force" and disturb the peace.

"If there is any truth in the allegation, then it is a criminal act against which strict action must be taken. Army is cooperating in the police investigation and we have launched a separate investigation of our own," Hasnain told reporters here.

The woman from Gujjarpatti Manzpora in south Kashmir's Kulgam, 80 kms from here, yesterday lodged a police complaint accusing unidentified army personnel of abducting her on July 19 and gangraping her before being left off on July 21.

The chief minister said an identification parade of soldiers from the army unit stationed there could be held.

"Size of army unit in area less than 20 strong so identification parade won't be a problem. Guilty won't be spared either AFSPA or no AFSPA," Omar said on micro-blogging website Twitter.

PTI


First Published: Friday, July 22, 2011, 17:21


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