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Friday, 19 April, 2002, 17:33 GMT 18:33 UK
Kashmir troops held after rape
Demonstration against the rape
News of the rape brought demonstrators to the streets
Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have arrested three Indian paramilitary soldiers following the gang rape of 17-year-old girl.

The girl was assaulted in Pahalgam, 90 km south of the capital Srinagar late on Thursday

Deputy Inspector General of Police Ashok Gupta told the BBC that a medical examination of the girl had confirmed that she had been raped.

The three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were arrested after an identification parade.

The region's Inspector General of Police K Rajindra Kumar said the soldiers would be brought to justice.


According to a report lodged with the police, a patrol of BSF soldiers entered the victim's house on Thursday on the pretext of carrying out a search.

They forced the victim's mother and uncle out of the house and three of them then raped the girl.

Mr Kumar said there were 15 BSF soldiers in the patrol.

There have been many allegations of rape against Indian security forces during the 13-year old armed conflict in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The Indian military and paramilitary forces have the power to search any house without a warrant.

About half a million Indian troops have been fighting militant groups in the region since a violent insurgency began in 1989.

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