Former Pakistani international cricketer Shahid Khan Afridi on Friday condemned the Kathua incident and said that those behind it should be punished.
Taking to social networking site Twitter, Afridi wrote “Whether 6yr old Zainab of Kasur or 8yr old Asifa of Jammu, these barbaric inhumane acts shud b condemned & those behind shud be punished to the max,let these cases be a lesson for the culprits whr no daughter will ever be subjected to this henious act #NeverAgain #JusticeforAsifa.”
The protests in solidarity with Asifa are being closely followed by all over the world by holding rallies and conferences. Besides routine reportage, several newspapers have carried editorials and used the case to draw attention to violence against women all over the world.
On January 17, the body of a minor girl was found in the forests near Rasana, Hiranagar. The girl had been missing for a week. According to police, she had been abducted and raped by an SPO Deepak Khajuria, who was a part of the team sent out to find her when she was missing.
Nine accused, including the alleged mastermind Sanji Ram – an ex-bureaucrat – and his son Vishal Kumar, a police head constable, two SPOs and a sub-inspector of police, have been arrested in the case.