The girl at the centre of the Handwara molestation case has taken a u-turn on her statement alleging that it was an armyman who molested her.
The incident that happened on April 12 triggered a violent protest in Handwara. Firing by security forces left five people dead. An army bunker in the area was removed following a week-long curfew.
In her previous account, the girl had stated that two local boys had followed her when she entered a public lavatory while returning from school.
To save their armymen, my image was kept at stake, why?: Victim, Handwara alleged molestation case pic.twitter.com/tYQjAk7ulz — ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016
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To save their armymen, my image was kept at stake, why?: Victim, Handwara alleged molestation case pic.twitter.com/tYQjAk7ulz
— ANI (@ANI_news) May 16, 2016
“When I came out from the washroom, an armyman held my hand. I managed to free myself from his clutches and ran outside screaming. Then I was taken to the police station,” the girl told reporters on May 16.
“What I was saying in the video was all what they forced me to say. I was all alone and none of my family members were there when they made the video clip,” she said.
Women protesting the Handwara killings. DNA
A video of that confession went viral. Her mother, however, insisted that the girl was forced to make the confession. Following detention of the girl’s father and aunt, the mother filed a plea before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
She had said that her daughter was being held without her consent.