India detains Kashmiri leader Malik after rape protest

Indian police detained a prominent Kashmiri leader in the region's main city after he led a demonstration to protest the rape and murder of two Muslim women.

India detains Kashmiri leader Malik after rape protest

Indian police detained a prominent Kashmiri leader in the region's main city on Friday after he led a demonstration to protest the rape and murder of two Muslim women.

Yasin Malik, chief of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, was held in Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital, during a protest march, where hundreds were shouting, "We want freedom".



Indian forces killed a Kashmiri young on Thursday in a protest in which at least 40 people were injured, hurling teargas on his head, the police and witnesses said.

"Malik was detained for precautionary measures," Mohammad Ashraf, a police officer said.



Residents say the two women, aged 17 and 22, were abducted, raped and killed by Indian forces on Friday in Shopian town, 60 km (37 miles) south of Srinagar. Authorities claim "they drowned."

Shops, businesses and schools were shut across Kashmir valley for the fifth day on Friday in response to a strike call by separatists to protest the deaths.

Reuters

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