Friday 23 June
Activists of the women's separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat, or Daughters of the Community, block a road in Srinagar as they shout slogans during a demonstration against the sex scandal in J&K involving senior bureaucrats, police officials and politicians. Cracking its whip on the political establishment in Jammu and Kashmir, the CBI has arrested two former ministers which includes a Congress MLA Ghulam Ahmed Mir in connection with their alleged involvement in the sex scandal. The CBI arrested Mir, a Congress MLA from Dooru Anantnag, from J&K House in Chankyapuri in New Delhi while another independent MLA Raman Mattoo was arrested in Srinagar. The agency has also filed chargesheet in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate against nine accused, including BSF Deputy Inspector General S K Padhi, former Additional Advocate General Anil Sethi, Deputy SP Mohammad Ashraf Mir and Sabeena, the alleged kingpin of the sex racket. The accused are charged under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code including 376 for rape of the 15-year-old victim. As Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's remarked that "the sexual exploitation of girls in Kashmir are similar to sex scandals in Delhi and Mumbai" and "the arrest of the Congress MLA would have no bearing on his government", his deputy Muzaffar Hussain Beg has accused the organisations spearheading the protests against the sex scandal, particularly the Dukhtaran, of "defaming Kashmir and undermining the political stability in the state" and saying "there was a plan to undermine the political credibility of the parties like Congress, National Conference and the PDP and their leadership."