8 men including a retired government official and 4 policemen in Jammu and Kashmir have been charged for brutally raping and killing an 8-year-old girl, Asifa Bano. Everyone across the nation is outraged by this disgusting act and several protests by students and religious groups have struck out across the country and on social media.
How many more children like baby Asifa will be sacrificed at the intersect of religion & politics? How many more children will have to suffer unimaginable crimes before we wake up? I’m disgusted. It’s time for swift action. We owe it to Asifa and to humanity. #justiceforAsifa.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 12, 2018
This inhumane incident had taken place in January. However, the details were released only this Wednesday! Why? Because a lot of Hindu groups were trying to suppress this police investigation. Criminal cases have been registered against more than 40 lawyers for trying to prevent the police from filing charges on Monday.
Strong, clear cut action against fiends who commit and defend rape. Standing up for our girls inviolable right to live. If our country does have laws then where is the justice? #Kathua #JusticeforAsifa #BetiBachao #EnoughIsEnogh #India #areyoulistening #ourgreatleader pic.twitter.com/juRZqMa4zu
— Tillotama Shome (@TillotamaShome) April 13, 2018
Asifa belonged to a small nomadic Muslim tribe. On January 10, She was grazing horses in Kathua, a small district in Jammu and Kashmir, when a farmhand lured her away and a group of men abducted her. She was confined to a Hindu temple, where she was drugged, gang-raped and killed by strangling her and hitting her head with two rocks. Her body was found by a local on 17th January.
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This is #Asifa She was 8 years old. She was kidnapped, drugged, tortured, gang raped repeatedly for days and then brutally murdered wt her head smashed by a rock. This happened in a prayer hall in a temple in #Kathua #JammuAndKashmir What I’ve written above has been documented already after an autopsy in the charge sheet. This actually happened. Justice is being obstructed by a group of strange bedfellows of police/ lawyers/ plus assorted rabble. The local politicians have formed something called the ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ and this horrible murder is now getting a religious colour. People shouting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and flashing my beloved Indian tricolour. Sorry but I am a very proud Hindu and an even prouder Indian and I am sick to the pit of my stomach at what’s going on. Don’t you dare sully the Hinduism that I know and love and follow with your dastardly ways of deflecting attention. Don’t you dare hide behind my glorious Indian flag and use it to colour a murder with a nationalistic angle. Pls speak up in your own way. 🙏🏽 This has nothing to do with ANY religion and everything to do with justice and humanity. If there’s a modicum of decency in you I urge u not to stay quiet. Speak up Say something! #JusticeForAsifa
Sanji Ram, a retired government officer and the temple custodian, allegedly planned the crime with the help of police officers Surender Verma, Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Mr Khajuria. He also involved his son, Vishal, his nephew, a juvenile, and his friend, Parvesh Kumar in this heinous crime. Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and Tilak Raj were bribed with 1.5 lakhs to keep shut about the case.
I stood vociferously for striking down #TripleTalaq– but its quite odd to see that politicians so vocal about delivering the rights of Muslim Women have fallen completely silent on the rights of #Asifa #JusticeForAsifa
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) April 13, 2018
Asifa’s father, Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala, had reportedly fled the village with his family out of fear but has now called for a death penalty. According to a leading daily, he said, “I miss my daughter every day. Those responsible for killing my daughter should be hanged to death.”
Organisations like All India Progressive Women’s Association, National Federation of Indian Women, JNU Students Union, Students Federation of India among others took part in the Kathua protest at the Parliamentary street.
Prime Minister and leader of the Bharatiya Janta Party, Narendra Modi has not commented yet. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to social media to express his anguish and also held a candlelight march last night at the India Gate to protest against this violence.
How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil?
What happened to Asifa at #Kathua is a crime against humanity. It cannot go unpunished.
What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child?
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 12, 2018
Thousands of men and women stood up to be counted in the battle for justice and to protest the rising acts of violence against girls and women.
I thank each and every one of you for your support. It shall not be in vain. pic.twitter.com/IWMtQSXV4m
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 13, 2018
This is what the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, and Union Minister VK Singh tweeted:
The Law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions & statements of a group of people. Proper procedures are being followed, investigations are on the fast track & justice will be delivered. #JusticeForAsifa
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) April 12, 2018
I want to assure the entire nation that I stand committed not just to ensure justice for Ashifa but also seek exemplary punishment for those responsible for a crime whose brutal savagery has shamed humanity. 1/2
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) April 12, 2018
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) April 12, 2018
The Supreme Court has decided to examine this case after the advocates provide the facts of it in writing to them.
This isn’t the first time the nation has witnessed an inhumane incident. Such brutal acts should come to an end! We are all disturbed and deeply saddened by this brutality and Asifa surely deserves justice! How long will it take for women to be safe and secure?
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