#Kathua: Student protests continue in Kashmir, outside

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Students from Jammu and Kashmir studying at the Central University of Karnataka along with some local students inside the varsity premises on Tuesday organised a candlelight march for justice to Kathua rape and murder victim.

Students of Karnataka protest for justice to Kathua rape and murder victim, photo by GNS

“We highlighted the core issue like demanding the immediate punishment for the accused, action against the advocates who tried to stop police for filing the charge sheet, the involvement of Police officers in this severe crime and the support of people for the accused with the national flag,” the students told over phone from Karnataka.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Kashmiri Students on Tuesday evening staged a protest demonstration under the Banner of J&K students Association 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 in Selaque area of Dehradun.

Students protest in Dehradun

The Programme was Supported by National Students Union of India and Student Federation of India. Apart from Kashmiri, Students from many Institutes belonging to different religions also participated in the Protest demanding to hang of culprits.

Hundreds of students gathered at Selaqui Dehradun holding placards which read  “Justice for Asifa,” “Hang the killers,” “Hang the Rapists. The march which started from Doon DCast College Dehradun ended at Chakrata road and witnessed a huge participation of Students.

In Srinagar, students of JK public School Humhama took out a rally in solidarity with the victim from Humhama to Baghat, Srinagar.

JK public School Humhama, protest rally, KL photo by Bilal Bahadur

While, in south Kashmir’s Islamabad district, students of University of Kashmir south campus Islamabad also organised a protest rally demanding capital punishment of all the accused in brutal rape-and-murder of 8-year-old Kathua girl.

Students protest rally in Islamabad district, Shah Hilal

Meanwhile, similar reports of peaceful protests by students were received from other parts of the state including Doda, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Poonch, Banihal, Budgam, Kupwara and Pampore.

Students holding placards seeking justice for Asifa, KL photo by Shah Hilal

The protests in solidarity with Asifa gained momentum across Jammu and Kashmir and in other parts of India even as there were strong reactions from the Bollywood, cricketers and other personalities worldwide demanding the punishment to the accused.

The minor girl had been missing since January 10 when she failed to return home from watering horses in her native Rassana forests, and her body was found on January 17.

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