Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said that the alleged rape and murder of minor Kathua girl Asifa shook the collective conscience of people of Kashmir.
Blaming state administration for its “callous and careless” approach, Geelani in a statement issued to GNS said that instead of taking swift action against culprits, people and Gujar leader protesting against the gruesome incident were arrested.
“It illustrates their bigoted mindset,” Geelani said and expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the grieved family of deceased minor.
He also condemned police for their “uncalled and unjustified” action against the people participating in the Rasm-e-Chaharum of the victim.
Geelani said people in a peaceful manner were protesting against the brutal killing of minor but they were manhandled, arrested and instead of taking any action against those accused, were detained.
Taking dig at people who never miss a chance to make hue and cry about these gruesome incidents but at the same time share their moments with the “perpetrators”, Geelani said they should remember that they are the people whose hands are soaked in blood of innocents and are responsible for humiliating and massacre of common people.
Meanwhile, Geelani expressed deep anguish and sorrow and denounced the “biased” role of national media and criticized it for “criminal silence”. “They are making hue and cry over petty matters but in this case, they maintained silence and turned blind eye,” he said.
“People in outside states vandalize and ransack properties, however brute force is not used against them. Quite contrary to this, people in state, on mere pretext, are arrested and subjected to humiliation and brute force,” he said.
Hurriyat (G) chairman called for stringent action against those involved in murder and “rape” of the minor girl.
Referring to the recent statement of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti wherein she has said that “women in state are safe’’ Geelani said that it is an illusion and instead of this “women are molested, disrespected and humiliated by men in uniform”.
“People are not satisfied and are still awaiting fair trial and demanding that the persons involved in the heinous crime should be dealt with firm hand and brought to book for their wrong doings,” Hurriyat (G) chairman said, adding that “police leave no stone unturned while detaining innocents, however those involved in immoral activities are shielded and given free hand”.
Meanwhile, Geelani has offered his deep condolences on the demise of grandmother of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Nisar Ahmad Bhat of Natipora.
While sympathizing with the grieved families, Geelani said we equally share the grief and sorrow of the grieved families. He said that death is a bitter reality and everybody has to face it, however the believer is known for his patience and steadfastness. (GNS)