Ganderbal: Hundreds of people took out a protest in Kangan in Ganderbal district after Friday prayers against the rape and murder of minor girl in Kathua.
Protesters carrying placards chanted slogans against the criminal involved in ghastly act marched in the Kangan market and staged a sit in at Kangan Chowk.
A large number of people including youth and elderly participated in the march along with local trade unions, auqaf committee activists and civil society members.
Protesters demanded that the government should take effective measures to ensure safety and security of minorities living in Jammu province and demanded stern action against the culprits involved in the heinous crime.
“Perpetrators of this dastardly act should be given severest possible punishment under the law,” Chairman Public Welfare Council Kangan Ghulam Hassan Lone said on the occasion.
“State is becoming too callous when it comes to the security of citizens particularly girls and women,” he said.
“We need to struggle for justice and bring the culprits to book,” President Trader Union Kangan Ghulam Rasool Najar said.
Earlier, during Friday prayers, the incident was widely condemned by speakers in mosques including in the grand mosques of Kangan and Ganderbal.
The imams condemned the brutal rape and murder of minor Bakarwal girl and demanded exemplary punishment to perpetrators.