Protests in Poonch, Anantnag over Kathua minor girl’s ‘rape’ and murder

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By Fast Kashmir on 23/01/2018.

Relatives threaten of intensifying protests if justice not delivered

Srinagar, Jan 23: Protests erupted on Tuesday in Poonch and Anantnag districts demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in alleged rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from Kathua, Jammu last week.

Reports reaching GNS said that students of Degree College Poonch staged a protest demonstration seeking justice for the minor girl.

Shouting slogans, the students demanded strict action against culprits. The protest ended peacefully.

Meanwhile, scores of people from Gujjar community including relatives of the minor girl held a protest near Deputy Commissioner’s office in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.

Holding placards, the protesters demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. “Those responsible should be hanged,” they demanded.

“We will intensify protests and our whole community will come on roads if authorities fail to provide justice to the family,” the protesters warned.

Asifa Bano – a nomad girl from Gujjar and Bakerwal community – is actually a resident of Brari Aangan area of Shangus in south Kashmir and the family later settled in Rassana of Kathua, a relative of the victim told GNS.

Asifa was abducted on January 10 and her body was found on January 17 near her native village Rassana in Hiranagar. (GNS)