Kashmiri students studying in different colleges and universities of Dehradun on Sunday organized a sit-in demonstration at Gandhi Park Dehradun to protest against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old child in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.
A student informed Kashmir Reader that scores of students assembled at Gandhi Park holding placards and banners. The students demanded that the culprits of the heinous crime be hanged till death. A girl student who spoke on the occasion demanded a fair investigation into the incident. Some of the banners that the students carried read: “Justice for Asifa” “No more shielding of rapists” “I am a woman and I support the death penalty for rapists” “Only fair investigations” and “no to rape.”
Another student said that the aim to hold the demonstration was to draw the attention towards the violence against women all over the world.
Protests are being held all across the mainland India, Pakistan and several other countries demanding #JusticeForAsifa.
Many activists have started hashtags on the social media networks to aware the general masses about the case.
A number of newspaper reports have hailed the Kashmir media fraternity for standing with the Kathua minor’s family and persistently following the case at a time when most of the Jammu based media and mainland Indian media did not report about the case.
On January 17, the body of a minor girl was found in the forests near Rasana, Hiranagar. The girl had been missing for a week. She had been abducted and raped by an SPO Deepak Khajuria, who was a part of the team sent out to find her when she was missing.
Nine accused, including the mastermind Sanji Ram – an ex-bureaucrat – and his son Vishal Kumar, a police head constable, two SPOs and a sub-inspector of police, have been arrested in the case.