Shopian Women were Raped, Confirm Tests

Forensic tests confirm that two Shopian women who died in mysterious circumstances were raped, say police. The death of the women has led to more than a week’s protest in the Kashmir valley.

“The forensic lab report indicates that an offence has taken place,” inspector general of police B Srinivas said, adding “We have registered a case of rape and taken up investigation.”

The bodies of the women, a day after they went missing, were found floating in a canal in the town of Shopian on 30 May.

The women’s families accused Indian paramilitary troops of raping and killing them.

Immediately after the incidence, separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani called a protest, forcing shops, schools, colleges and many government offices to be shut across the Kashmir valley.

Geelani, who had called for a people’s march to Shopian on Monday, was arrested on Saturday night.

Police have put up barricades on roads to foil the march.

The state government last Monday announced an inquiry into the allegations, insisting at the same time that the “initial findings do not suggest either rape or murder”.

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