12 Arrested For molesting Women Runners In Srinagar Marathon: 12 persons have been arrested on the charges of molesting women runners during Srinagar’s Half Marathon.
12 persons have been arrested under the charges of molestation during the Kashmir International half Marathon.
The Marathon has started on Sunday on the banks of Dal lake have witnessed clashes between youth and the security forces following which some youth allegedly molested and eve-teased women runners during the marathon.
A massive crackdown has been launched by the police have till now arrested 12 miscreants under the charges of molesting and eve-teasing the girl marathoners. Massive hunt has been launched to nab the other accused in the incident.
The marathon was started as scheduled and the event was going on very peacefully till some youth within the crowd started passing obscene and lewd comments at girl participants in the audience.
A police official said the incidents of passing comments on women runners also took place at Habbak crossing on the banks of Dal Lake. Instances of molestation of girls by rowdy elements were reported at the Kashmir University and en-route.
The marathon was organised to spread awareness about saving Srinagar’s Dal lake. The marathon kick started at Hazratbal but soon it turned violent as some youth raised ‘Anti India’ slogans with Pakistani flags, pelted stones at the security forces which resulted in lathi charge and firing using teargas shells.
Fortunately there was no report of injuries to any one till now according to the police.
PDP and NC. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was also scheduled to participate in the marathon but he has withdrawn his participation owing to security situation.
He posted on his twitter saying “The theme for the run was ‘save the Dal’. It’s such a pity that politics had to come in the way of that also.”