SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday lashed out at authorities, saying that “criminal silence” maintained by them over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua is very sad and painful.
“It seems when it comes to the people of Kashmir, all decide to turn a blind eye,” Geelani said in a statement and expressed shock over the slow pace of proceedings in the case. He said attempts are being made to cover up the matter as was done in the Asiya-Neelofar double murder case (of 2009).
Terming the murder and rape of innocent minor as the most reprehensible crime against humanity, Geelani said it is shocking and very unfortunate that “even judiciary is working under the influence of these bigoted minded people and instead of taking cognisance, is acting as mute spectator”.
Referring to Nirbhaya murder and rape incident of Delhi in 2012, Hurriyat chairman said the gruesome act sparked outrage in whole India, however contrary to this, and as usual, no justice was done in Kathua minor’s case. “The perpetrators are being supported by communal factions and authorities (are) showing a lenient view,” he said.
Geelani said the evil act of raping a child is the most abhorrent act against all humanity. “The beasts who did it, not only raped an eight-year-old little girl, (but) they drugged her and killed her. (Still) the state administration and judiciary remained unmoved and as usual followed their insincere dogma.”
Demanding capital punishment for the accused, Geelani appealed to peace and justice loving people of state particularly Jammu, and activists and humanists to stand with humanity and justice.
“In civilised societies, those (in) power corridors (are) accountable to protect rights of people against the violence and provide protection to the victims. It is a moral duty for authorities to protect rights of people. The situation is quite contrary (as) authorities instead support such beastliness for gaining political dividends,” he said.
Geelani appealed to international human rights organisations to take cognisance of the grave incident and put up case with the International Court of Justice.