Srinagar, Dec 20: The general court martial proceedings against an Army Major, accused of raping a woman and her 12-year old daughter, began at Uri in Jammu and
Kashmir today, a Defence spokesman said here.
The proceedings began with the court reading out five charges against Major Rahman Hussain, including rape and molestation of Aaisha Begum and her daughter, on the night of November six at Bhadra Payeen in Handwara area of Kupwara district, the spokesman said.
The other charges against the Army officer include unauthorised entry inside their house, not taking women police along with him during the operation and violating the Army discipline and conduct.
Denying the charges, Major Rahman sought adjournment of the proceedings on the plea that he was not given ample time to prepare for his defence, the spokesman said.
The Army officer said his defence counsel Brigadier (Retd) M P G Menon was arriving here today to plead his case in the GCM proceedings, he added.
Major Rahman and his unit allegedly forced their entry into the woman`s house on November 6 and raped the mother-daugther duo. Massive protests rocked Handwara as soon as the news of the alleged rape spread in the town.
The district administration ordered an inquiry into the incident and blood samples of the accused and the victims were sent to Central Forensic Laboratoty at Chandigarh for a
The report of the DNA test is still awaited.