Large parts of Indian-held Kashmir erupted in protest on Monday over the rape of a three-year-old child, leaving at least a dozen people injured in clashes with government forces, police said. The incident happened last Wednesday when a car mechanic, a neighbour of the victim’s family, allegedly lured the child into the toilet of a nearby school and sexually assaulted her. The accused, from the Sumbal area north of the main city of Srinagar and thought to be 20 years old, has already been arrested.On Monday, allegations emerged that the principal of another school issued a certificate for the accused that he was a minor, sparking anger and triggering protests across the Kashmir valley.At least a dozen people including government forces personnel were injured when tear gas and pellet shotguns were fired to quell the protests in many towns, top police officer Swayam Prakash Pani said. “One of the injured protestors is critically wounded,” Pani said. “We have registered a separate case against the school principal and detained him for questioning,” he said. Thousands also protested in Srinagar and clashed with government forces.Across the occupied valley, thousands of government forces personnel wearing riot gear were deployed to contain the spreading protests, officials said. Schools across the valley were shut spontaneously as did shops and businesses. Hundreds of students inside three university campuses also protested, demanding capital punishment for the alleged perpetrator and action against the school principal. Lawyers abstained from work in the courts on Monday to express solidarity with the victim. Condemnations of the crime poured in from leaders from across the political spectrum appealing for calm, with a top Kashmiri leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, saying on Monday the incident is ‘a crime against humanity’.Another Kashmiri leader with a wide following, Syed Ali Geelani, said the crime was ‘a black stain on the social fabric’ of the restive territory.Baseer Khan – the region’s top administrator – also appealed for calm and said in a statement that the inquiry of Sumbal incident is being conducted on a fast-track basis.In January 2018, an eight-year-old girl was abducted, starved for a week and murdered after she was raped by several people in the southern Kathua area of the territory. That incident had caused widespread outrage and protests in Kashmir and many Indian cities and towns.Meanwhile, Foreign Office spokesman Dr Faisal, strongly condemning the rape of the three-year-old Kashmiri girl, said the incident is ‘another brutal reminder of humanitarian nightmare’ in the occupied valley.The minor girl was allegedly raped on Wednesday in the Sumbal area of Bandipora district, leading to widespread protests across the Valley on Sunday. The spokesman said fresh reports of pellet gun firing on protestors are yet another reflection of continued Indian atrocities on the innocent people fighting for their rights.