Bar protests against killings, attempts to deny justice to Asifa

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SRINAGAR: SRINAGAR: Lawyers across Kashmir and Chenab valley on Thursday suspended work to register their protest against civilian killings and attempt to deny justice to Asifa, a seven-year-old girl raped and murdered in Kathua.
Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Srinagar said it condemns the civilian killings and “state terror” perpetuated upon youth in Kashmir. The Association called upon peace loving nations to break their silence on “state repression” in Jammu Kashmir, saying Kashmir has emerged as a human tragedy unattended by the world community.
“Indian government is carrying out a unilateral war against people of Jammu Kashmir. Repeated mass killings by Indian army and other security forces in the state symbolises the genocide and has created a fear psychosis here,” Bar added.
JKHCBA Srinagar, general secretary G.N. Shaheen termed it unfortunate that the fringe elements, backed by some political forces are communalising the crime to defend the criminals involved in rape and murder of Asifa.
“We demand that law should take its own course and the trial in Asifa’s case should be conducted or at least monitored by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court,” Shaheen said.
Former joint secretary Bar Association advocate Shabir Ahmad Butt on the occasion said, “We urge the international community to impress upon India to initiate tripartite dialogue in order to put up an end to anti-human policy that curbs the demand for seeking democratic rights tional community.”