Anantnag: A day after violent clashes rocked Anantnag town between students and government forces, some residents on Thursday came up with an unusual way of demanding justice for the Kathua minor girl, to avoid any confrontation with police and paramilitary forces.
People in Battengoo village, located along the Srinagar-Jammu highway, got together and pasted hundreds of “Justice for Asifa” posters on vehicles going by the highway.
The residents collected money among themselves and got the posters printed locally, and then spent the day pasting them on windshields of vehicles.
They told Kashmir Reader that they came up with the idea to avoid confrontation with government forces while doing their bit for justice for the Kathua girl.
“It has become almost impossible to avoid confrontation with the government forces while you protest. So we found a new way,” a local helping with pasting the posters said.
By the afternoon, locals said, they had pasted more than 1,500 posters and were planning to paste more till the evening.
The drivers and commuters readily agreed to have the posters pasted on their windshields.
“We did not meet any one since morning who objected to this, Kashmiri or otherwise,” the locals said. “Tourists were more than happy to oblige.”
Some foreign tourists, as their vehicles were stopped, made inquiries about the case. “We made sure we explained the whole scenario and the Kashmir conundrum to them. We made them aware of the situation,” a local said. “I guess that is the sole purpose of a protest and it was fulfilled, for sure.”