Srinagar: Several protests were held across Kashmir on Monday against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kuthua. The protestors demanded capital punishment for the culprits.
Protests were held at Press Enclave and Lal Chowk city centre here by several organisations and students, officials said.
Those who protested include Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, trade bodies, students of the Central University of Kashmir and tourism contractors, they said.
The members of the Bar Association assembled near the high court and marched to Lal Chowk, demanding justice for the victim and hanging of the culprits.
Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association President Mian Qayoom said the high court should transfer the case to itself as the “atmosphere at Kathua is not conducive for holding a fair trial”.
“We are not in favour of transferring the case. Our demand is that the atmosphere at Kathua is not conducive for holding a fair trial of the case. So, the high court has a wing in Jammu, we have a wing in Srinagar. This case should be transferred by the high court to itself… They should nominate a judge for this purpose and that judge should be given the exclusive task of trial of this case as quickly as possible,” he told reporters.
Students of various colleges and universities also held protests, demanding capital punishment to the accused.
A huge number of students from the Ladakh region of the state, studying in various colleges and universities in the valley, assembled near Press Enclave and held a candlelight protest demanding that the culprits be hanged.
They raised slogans against the accused and mainstream parties in the state.
Central University Kashmir:
Students of Central University of Kashmir (CUK) on Monday held a peaceful protest demonstration here at Nowgam campus against rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua Jammu.
The protesting students Holding placards and banners in their hands read, “Am I going to be safe?” , “I am a Woman I stand against rape”, “Justice delayed is Justice denied”, “Stop the communal radicalization through rapes”, “ Human Rights are not optional and “ Justice for Asifa” and demanding justice for the eight-year-old victim.
In Budgam, the students of Boys Higher secondary Beerwah took out a peaceful protest march to press for the strict action against culprits.
Meanwhile, the students of Vitasta Law College Nowgam in Srinagar also held a peaceful protest against the rape and murder of eight-year-old girl.
Saying that lawyers of Kuthua have given a bad name to the legal profession, the protesting students demanded strict action against them.
Hundreds of students in Doda staged a protest, demanding justice for Kuthua rape and murder victim.
The students were seen holding placards in their hands, calling for justice in the case of Kuthua’s rape and murder.
Speaking on the occasion, a female student demanded the culprits of this heinous crime be hanged till death besides demanded a fair investigation into the incident.
Raising slogans, the protesting students demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits. Meanwhile, Young social Activist from Doda Rashid Hakeem Zargar demanded stringent action against the culprits as well as defenders of culprits.
In Pampore scores of Students of Government Girls Higher Secondary School and Government Boys Modern higher secondary Pampore on Monday held a protest at Pampore town demanding justice for Kathua rape and murder victim.
Meanwhile students, artists, Traders and civil society members held protests and solidarity marches for the 8 -year- old minor Kathua Rape victim in Bandipora on Monday.
At Kaloosa, AMT nursing students assembled in the premises of college and held a peaceful sit-in denouncing the rape of a child. The students demanded severe punishment to the culprits so that these people don’t dare to commit such a heinous crime again.
A girl student said that they “want no less than a capital punishment for the rapists and our heart goes out for those who have suffered, but we are also supporting those people in the system who despite all odds stood firm to arrest culprits.”
Meanwhile, a solidarity march for the minor victim was held from Gulshan Chowk to Nowpora, wherein locals, traders and civil society members holding banners denounced rape and murder of the minor Bakerwal girl.
The young artists also joined the protest by holding a candlelight vigil at Gulshan Chowk on Sunday evening. Carrying banners, headbands and play cards, the artists left peacefully after protesting. Many peaceful protest marches were reported from different areas of the district.
With inputs from Arif Rashid, Bilal Habib, Ishfaq Reshi, Owais Farooqi, PTI