The rape and murder of a little Kashmiri girl Asifa sparks outrage in India




Asifa's house where she used to live with her family (Image Source: Twitter)

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), April 12, 2018 (TMC Desk) An 8-year-old Kashmiri girl Asifa was brutally raped and murdered in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in January this year. The incident sparked violent protests in the area.

As per a report published in FirstPost, Police say that Asifa was given sedatives and, for three days, raped several times by different men. Asifa’s strangled body was eventually found Jan. 17. Police say she would have been killed sooner had one man not insisted on waiting so that he could rape her a final time.

To ensure she was dead, Asifa’s killers hit her twice on the head with a stone, according to charging documents filed by police in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The eight men accused in connection to the rape and murder are Hindu. Asifa was a Muslim nomad, part of the Bakarwal tribe. Asifa’s father, Mohammad Yusuf Pujwala, told the New York Times that he believes his daughter was killed by the Hindu men for the sole purpose of driving her people away. To add to the volatility of Asifa’s case, police say she was killed in a Hindu temple, and that the temple’s custodian plotted her death as a way to torment the Bakarwals.” Washington Post reported.

Abid Hussain, a twitter user tweeted quoting media, “Police officials say they have physical evidence and DNA tests linking the defendants to Asifa’s death. They also say they have interviewed more than 130 witnesses, who “unequivocally corroborated the facts that emerged.’’

Srinagar based journalist Shujaat Bukhari tweeted, “Woman lawyer pursuing #Asifa ’s case facing threat CJ directs police to provide security to her.

Another twitter user Mehreen Zahra-Malik tweeted, “That a #Hindu temple is at the center of #AsifaBano case makes it even more combustible. Police say the temple custodian devised the plan as a way to terrorize Muslim Bakarwals, and enlisted a nephew and some friends to kidnap, rape and kill Asifa. #India

 

Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor tweeted, “Ashamed appalled and disgusted by fake nationals and fake Hindus. I cannot believe this is happening in my country.”

Another Bollywood actor Farhan Akhter tweeted, “Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered. If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human. If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing.”

Ritiesh Deshmukh, a bollywood actor tweeted, “A 8 year old is drugged, raped & murdered and another one is fighting for justice for herself and the death of her father in custody. We have a choice either raise your voice or be a silent spectator. ‘Stand up for what is right even if you are standing alone.’
#Kathua #Unnao”