Kashmiri family assaulted over ‘feeding dogs’: Mehbooba Mufti seeks Centre’s help

New Delhi: Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed concerns over the recent alleged attack on Kashmiri family for ‘feeding stray dogs’ in Southeast Delhi’s Siddharth Extension. Mufti on Sunday asked the Centre to ensure the security of Kashmiri people in the country.

According to a report by India Today, an official spokesperson said that Mufti spoke to Union home minister Rajnath Singh to bring into his notice the cases of alleged harassment of Kashmiri people in Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. Singh, however, assured the CM to look into the cases, spokesperson added.

Five members of a Kashmiri family including four women were allegedly beaten up by 30-40 people on Thursday night for feeding stray dogs in the colony, where they have been residing for past 10 years. According to the victims, some of the alleged attackers were armed with hockey sticks. They also said that the mob shouted anti-Kashmir slogans.

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The matter came to highlight after a video was shared on Facebook by Delhi-based NGO, People for Animals (PFA). The video shows an injured woman on the road trying to resist attacks of women as well as of men who could be seen surrounding her holding sticks.

Four people were arrested on Saturday by Delhi police in Sunlight Colony in connection with the matter. Meanwhile, Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik said that the incident was a local issue, triggered by a dispute over feeding stray dogs, and had nothing to do with the woman’s Kashmir origin, said the official.