Scandal had hit headlines after JK police discovered two video CDs showing Kashmiri minors being sexually exploited
Minors forced into prostitution were supplied to top police officials, bureaucrats, politicians, surrendered militants
A special CBI court in Chandigarh on Wednesday awarded 10 years in jail to five persons, including a former DSP and a former DIG BSF, in the 2006 Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal, reported The Times of India.
Those who have been held guilty are Mohammad Ashraf Mir (Ex-DSP, encounter specialist of J&K police), KC Padhi (Ex-DIG BSF), Shabbir Ahmad Laway, Shabbir Ahmad Langoo, and Masood Ahmad Maqsood.
However, businessman Mehrajuddin Malik and the then additional advocate general of Jammu and Kashmir Anil Seth were acquitted by the court.
As per the charge sheet filed by the police, the minor victims were blackmailed and forced into prostitution for Rs 250 to Rs 500. All the accused were convicted under section 376 of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).
However, they have been acquitted under section 5 of Immoral Traffic Prevention Act as the police failed to prove this alternative charge.
According to a report by Times of India, the case had nine accused and four survivors. However, prime accused Sabeena and her husband Abdul Hamid Bulla, who allegedly ran a brothel in Srinagar, died during the trial.
The 2006 scandal had hit headlines after the J&K police discovered two video CDs showing Kashmiri minors being sexually exploited. The police questioned the minors, including the alleged kingpin, Sabeena.
After questioning them, the police gathered names of 56 people allegedly involved in the scandal, the report said