Srinagar: Justice for Asifa solidarity forum on Sunday asked the High Court to take notice of the threat issued to a lawyer fighting the case of rape and murder of eight year old girl.
The forum has also condemned the behaviour of Jammu Bar President who used abusive and unparliamentarily language to Asifa’s lawyer in the court premises.
“The bar association of Jammu has maligned the image of judicial institution. It is shameful how Jammu Bar association and other communal organisations are organising hunger strikes and involving the women family members of accused in such activities,” statement reads.
“The supporters of the conspirators and accused have attempted to threaten the lawyer of the victim family who is committed to stand with the family in the whole judicial process,” a statement added.
The forum termed the threat to the lawyer an attempt to sabotage the judicial process. We request the Court to take notice of these incidents and ask the government to secure the protection of the lawyer who is very important to the delivery of justice in this case,” statement added.
The forum also said that they will launch a campaign to demand the transfer of the case to Srinagar High Court if the incidents like these continue to happen.
The statement also said that the majority community from Kathua to Jammu is continuously attempting to sabotage the legal and judicial processes.
The continued methods used by the people who are not only the conspirators but also the executors of crime need to be brought under punitive measures by the legal system of the state, statement reads.
The supporters of the accused have organized themselves and are now using their social and political power to influence the legal and judicial processes, statement said. “We want to tell these perpetrators that dont consider the Gujjar and Bakerwal alone in this struggle. Kashmiri community will rally behind our fellow people from gujjar bakarwal community whenever need comes. We want to assure our gujjar bakarwal brethren and sistren that we will stand with them in their struggle.”
The forum also said that attempts by the supporters of the accused to sabotage the judicial process will have direct impact on the bearing of the justice in the case.
“We feel that those organized groups are impacting the impartiality of the case. In such a scenario we think it is imperative to transfer the case to Kashmir division in the interest of Justice. We also seek immediate filing of the charge sheet against the accused in the case. We reiterate that the case be treated rarest of rare case and the conspirators and the executors of the case be punished with death penalty for their involvement in this gruesome attack on the Gujjar Bakarwal community.”