by: Bilal Bahadur
Srinagar: As the horrors of the Kathua rape and murder case are being reported, the protests in solidarity with eight-year-old nomadic girl Asifa have sparked mass protests across the world.
scores of the students affiliated with All Ladakh Students Association assembled at Srinagar’s Partap Park and then marched towards the M. A road demanding justice for the eight-year-old girl child Asifa, who was raped and murdered in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Students of Vitasta Law College, Nowgam, Srinagar on Monday staged a protest demonstration demanding a strict action against the lawyers who they said: “brought shame to their profession” by blocking challan and taking out a rally in favour of rapists.
Kashmir High court Bar Association protest in Srinagar. Lawyers while holding banners and placards marched towards Lal Chowk in favour of Asifa.
Students of Central University Nowgam in Srinagar held a protest on Monday to demand actions against Kathua lawyers who “shamed their profession” by siding with the accused in minor’s gang rape-and-murder case.
Students of the Kashmir University on Monday evening held an hour-long candlelight vigil inside the varsity premises in solidarity with the eight-year-old nomadic girl Asifa, who was first raped and then killed in Rasana, Hiranagar village of Jammu Kashmir’s Kathua district.
Scores of the students gathered inside the varsity holding placards and banners which read “Justice for Asifa,” “Hang the killers,” “Hang the Rapists, etc.” The students urged the student to join in the vigil for an issue that affects the entire womankind.
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.