Kathua rape and murder: Geelani demands stringent, exemplary action against those involved in ‘heinous crime’

Kathua rape and murder: Geelani demands stringent, exemplary action against those involved in ‘heinous crime’
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Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday said that communalisation and politicisation of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua is “deplorable, disgusting and against all ethics.”
He was addressing a rally called by joint resistance leadership at Abiguzer in Srinagar to protest against brutal killing and rape incident of a minor girl in Kathua and express solidarity with Muslim community in Jammu.
Geelani in his telephonic address while appealing people from all sections of society and particularly non-Muslim community and human rightist groups in Jammu, asked to come in support of victim’s family so that perpetrators are punished for their “heinous crime”.
Geelani said that “we are duty-bound to honour, safeguard and defend precious human lives and religious values irrespective of their faith, creed colour and cast,” saying it is quite disgusting that instead of this we see the humans are being “mercilessly slaughtered” everywhere.
In his address, Geelani expressed his deep sorrow over the rape and killing incident of innocent nomadic girl, and added that we are pained and we stand with grieved family.
“Muslim community in Jammu are being subjected to worst situations by these elements,” said Geelani in his address, and demanded stringent and exemplary action against those involved in the “heinous crime”.
He said that “I am pained at the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, it is a slur for those rhetoric about their claims for being a part of “great democracy’’. “They are shielding criminals and it is very disgusting, deplorable and horrific, that a rally in Kathua led by a BJP leader in support of a special police officer (SPO) arrested for rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomad girl, was provided security,” he said.
“It conveys disturbing situations and send shock our conscience. We are reeling under very complicated situations and it is all against civilised behaviour and norms accorded in a civilised society,” he said.
He added: “The criminals kept her in their captivity, raped an innocent, molested and then killed in brutal manner. Is this what we call a civilised society? It is beastly act and one and all should condemn this.”
Slamming the administration for their failure, Geelani said, the victim could have been saved from these butchers, if action would have been initiated in time, instead of this the killers and those involved in this “heinous crime”, were part of search and investigating team.
“I am astonished and I feel extreme pain that instead of helping to trace culprits and accord them with stringent punishment, a rally in Kathua led by a BJP leader under the banner of Hindu Ekta Manch in support of a criminal arrested for rape and murder of nomad girl, sent disturbing and heart-breaking signals. It is a slur for their so-called democracy and despite their rhetoric “Beti Padow, Beti Bachow” illustrates their fascist mind-set,” he said.
I am quite disheartened to see that these “bigoted elements”, he said, instead of demanding fair trial and stringent punishment for accused, the Hindu Ekta Manch took out a protest rally in support of the assailants and apprehended rapist (SPO). “Most disgusting is that while supporting the rapist they while wrapping their dogmatic ideology in their national banner and buried it under the debris of their filthy politics,” Geelani said.
In his telephonic address, Geelani, lamented at state administration, saying that when people from Muslim majority community took out a protest rally, they were beaten, thrashed and even threatened. It is shame for those rhetoric for upholding the fundamental rights, saying it is unacceptable and quite deplorable.
Appealing people and particularly non-Muslim community and human rightist groups working in India to come in support of victim’s family and help rescue them from this metal agony they are facing, Geelani said we hope that all conscious minded people and intellectuals would like to extend their moral support as they did in Damin’s case, so that perpetrators get no escape route and are punished for their heinous crime.
“We register our protest against the criminal silence maintained by ruling elite and against those who for the sake of their stale mindset are backing criminals. We protest against Delhi groomed henchmen, who are spearheading the cause of criminals,” Geelani said, and added that they should have vouched for the innocent victim and her poor family whose agony at the time of commission of the crime might have shaken the heavens