Rebels Cut Off Nose, Tongue Of Kashmir Girl-police
11 July 2004
Srinagar: Suspected Muslim guerrillas sliced off the nose, ears and tongue of a 14-year-old girl in Indian Kashmir on Sunday, believing her to be an informer for the Indian army, police said. Mariam Begum was abducted by a group of militants from her house in Doda district south of Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital. 'The abductee was let off by the terrorists. However her ears, nose and tongue have been chopped off,' a police spokesman said. Rebels have in the past killed or maimed people who they believe are helping Indian soldiers put down the 15-year revolt in the Himalayan region. Elsewhere in Kashmir, 16 Muslim rebels and four soldiers were killed in separate gun battles over the weekend as rebel violence mounted despite peace moves by India and Pakistan. More than 100 people have been killed and scores wounded this month alone. Authorities say the violence could be aimed at disrupting talks between India and Pakistan who agreed last month to serious and sustained negotiations for a final settlement of their dispute in Kashmir.