J&K: Stepbrother and friends gangrape, murder 9-year-old; stepmother arrested for hatching conspiracy

Baramulla (Kashmir – India): Shock, outrage and disbelief has swept across Kashmir after a 14-year-old stepbrother along with his friends gang-raped and murdered the nine year old sister on the instance of his mother in the border area of Uri in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Police have arrested all accused including stepbrother, his friends and stepmother in the case.

The incident came to fore on September 2 when the decomposed body of the missing girl was found in nearby forests some one kilometer from her home.

“From the examination of scene of crime and circumstances, it appeared to be the case of murder and accordingly investigation was set into motion in this direction. A special investigation team (SIT) headed by SDPO Uri was constituted to investigate the murder”, said Mir Imtiyaz Hussain, senior superintendent of police.

Even toughest cop the SSP Baramulla broke down narrating the ordeal.

Special Investigation Team during investigation into the matter interrogated the suspects and during sustained questioning of the step mother of the deceased and other suspects a bone chilling and horrible account of murder and rape of nine year old child came to be known.

“It was found that the stepmother Fahmeeda had been nourishing a long standing grudge against the non-local wife of her husband and her children. During questioning she also revealed that her husband would mostly spent time with her second wife and the deceased daughter was dearest of him among all children”, said Imtiyaz.

Police said the acrimonious atmosphere had been building up in the family over a period of time. “Fahmeeda hence hatched a conspiracy to eliminate her step daughter. On the fateful day she took her step daughter to the nearby jungle. While she was on way to forests with her step daughter she signaled her 14 year old son (step brother of deceased from same father) for commission of the crime”, he said.

The 14 year old son joined her mother in the forest area along with two of his friends Kaiser Ahmad, 19, and another 14 year old besides another accused Naseer Ahmad Khan alias Guddo 28, in the commission of crime.

“On reaching the spot, the girl was gangraped by the accused at the instance of her step mother and in her presence. It was Kaiser who first raped her and then all others including her step brother took turns to rape her”, he said.

Imtiyaz noted that Fahmeeda strangulated the girl and her 14 year old son hit her head with axe, killing her on spot. “After that one of the accused went back to his home and brought acid in a bottle.  Kaiser later gouged out her eyes with a sharp knife and then acid was sprinkled on her body parts”, he said.

Police said Kaiser and Naseer dumped the body in the bushes and covered it with twigs and branches of pine trees.  “All the material and weapons of offence including Axe and knife have been recovered at the instance of the accused. Also the plastic can containing the acid has been recovered. All the accused have been arrested. The case will be soon charge-sheeted for judicial determination”, he said.