Srinagar: Various organisations on Wednesday held a joint peaceful protest here in Srinagar against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu district last week. The protesters were seeking justice from the government.
The Jammu and Kashmir RTI Movement, Civil Society for Justice and Development, Gujjar- Bakerwal Foundation, Bakerwal Youth Conference and Kashmir Women’s Collective participated in the protest.
The protesters were demanding immediate action against those involved in the crime.
Ghulam Mustafa, one of the protestors, said that this is a shameful episode. “We are demanding the justice for a girl. We need to change our attitude towards the cases of sexual abuse and violence. It is a huge social concern,” he said.
Birjais Wani, vice president of Kashmir Women’s Collective, said, “If the society, police and lawmakers get together, it is possible that such incidents won’t occur in future. We stand with the bakerwal community and the family of the minor girl who lost her life.”
Advocate Mehran Zaffar, Member of the RTI Movement, said, “We request the government to investigate in to matter. We also need to give protection to our children’s so that these incidents will never happen.”
“She was an innocent girl. The government should punish the culprit according to the proceedings of the court so that these murder and rape cases will be stopped forever,” said protestors.