Srinagar, May 15 : The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday took suo motu cognisance in the rape case of a three-year-old girl in north Kashmir district of Bandipora and directed Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range, to file a status report by Friday.
Taking notice of reports about the rape case, a division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan directed the IGP to file a status report about the investigations before 10 am on Friday.
Police had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the rape of the minor girl which took place on May 8 in Sumbal, Bandipora.
Meanwhile, the incident has triggered massive protests and clashes during the last couple of days in the Valley, where all political parties, religious organisations and civil societies, besides general public have demanded stern punishment for the accused.
Most of the educational institutes, including Islamic University of science and technology (IUST), colleges and some Higher Secondary Schools, have been closed in the Valley as a precautionary measure on Wednesday.
Over 12 people were injured during clashes and protests which erupted on Monday across the valley against the rape.
Governor Satya Pal Malik and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan later on Monday appealed people to maintain peace, brotherhood and Law & Order, assuring that the inquiry of Sumbal rape incident is being conducted on fast track basis. (UNI)