Rape and murder of Jammu girl

Rape and murder of Jammu girl
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Communalisation, politicisation of heinous crime deplorable: NC

JAMMU: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Saturday decried what he termed as the communalisation and politicisation of a heinous crime involving an eight-year-old innocent girl in Kathua, saying these attempts are highly deplorable and against the civilised behaviour.
A Hindu right-wing group on Friday took out a protest demonstration in Jammu in support of the two accused arrested in the rape and murder case of eight-year-old girl in Kathua.
“Can politics stoop to such lower depths where barbaric act against a girl child falls prey to religious chauvinism,” Rana said in a statement, adding those spearheading the cause of a criminal or criminals should have vouched for the victim whose agony and wilderness at the time of commission of the crime might have shook the heavens.
Rana expressed surprise over “illogical and uncalled for” protests in support of a criminal, apprehending that these attempts might paralyse the investigation process, leading to unfortunate situation. He said the fringe elements should not be allowed to unleash communal agenda under the garb of ultra nationalism.
“Taking sides with criminals on the basis of religion will embolden perpetrators of crime and lead to chaotic and uncontrollable situation. If it is Aasifa today, it can be anybody tomorrow,” NC leader said while invoking societal response to the “dangerous trend being set by frenzy elements, hiding behind the religion”.
He cautioned them against vitiating the atmosphere and testing patience of the silent majority which does not discriminate innocent children on the basis of religion. He exuded confidence that the society ingrained with the philosophy and ethos of daughters belonging to all will isolate the perpetrators of violence and seek justice for the innocent child.
“It is moral duty for us all to ensure that poor Aasifa gets justice to lie in peace in the grave,” Rana said, hoping that the investigations set in motion by the Special Investigation Team are expeditiously taken to logical conclusion and the criminal dealt as per tenets of law.
“A criminal is a criminal and crime is a crime,” the provincial president said and urged the administration to take all necessary steps to instill confidence among the people by going whole-hog against criminals and their sympathisers, whichever religion they belong to.