#Kathua: Students in Handwara protests to demand punishment for guilty

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Srinagar

Students affiliated with All J&K Tribal Students Association, staged a protest demonstration in Handwara town of Kupwara district on Saturday to demand exemplary punishment for rapists and murderers of eight-year-old Kathua’s Asifa.

The students assembled at main Chowk Handawara carrying placards which read “Death to Rapists,”  “Nomads will not be cowed down by the cowards,” demanded a strict punishment to the culprits who first raped and then killed an eight year old Bakerwal girl Asifa, a resident of Rasana, Hiranagar area of  Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.

Reports said that the protesters dispersed off peacefully after staging a sit-in at main chowk Handwara.

Meanwhile, Lal Chowk traders association gathered at press colony, Srinagar seeking a strict punishment for the killers of eight-year-old Asifa.

Lal Chowk traders association  protests in Srinagar

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.

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