Sajid Maqbool Raina
Bandipora, April 16 : Amid RainTraders Fedration And civil society of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Monday held a protest demonstration at Gulshan Chowk 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 traders gathered at Bandipora Gulshan chowk holding placards which read “Justice for Asifa,” “Hang the killers,” “Shame on India’s Judiciary,” “Hang the Rapists,” “Stop covering up rapists,” “Is Asifa not India’s daughter like Nirbhaya.” The residents, especially youth urged every passerby to join in the vigil for an issue that affects all of the 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.
Eye witnneeses said that scores of protesters assembled at Gulshan Chowk holding placards and banners. The Protesters demanded that the culprits of the heinous crime be hanged till death. A protestors spoke on the occasion demanded a fair investigation into the incident. Some of the banners that the protesters carried read: “Justice for Asifa” “No more shielding of rapists”
President of traders Fedration Bandipora Shamshad hussain said that the aim to hold the demonstration was to draw the attention towards the violence against women all over the world.
Protests are being held all across the mainland India, Pakistan and several other countries demanding#JusticeForAsifa.
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. 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 mastermind Sanji Ram – an ex-bureaucrat – and his son Vishal Kumar, a police head constable, two SPOs and a sub-inspectorof police, have been arrested in the case.
We have belief in law that our sister will get justice soon one of the protester said at the end, and dispersed peacefully.