The abominable and terrible rape of a three year old has shaken the conscience and sensibility of people across the length and breadth of Kashmir. That the incident happened in Kashmir which is often referred to as the “Peer a Vaer”(the alcove of saints) is itself incredible and the protests that have ensued in the wake of the terrible case seem to suggest that people are in both shock and horror at it. But, the prosaic reality is that it did happen. The natural corollary to this ghastly and despicable incident should be introspection and review of some of our assumptions, in general and , in particular. But, in the realm of immediacy, maximum care should be taken with respect to the fallout of the deplorable incident. It should not and must not assume the character of an inter communal and sectarian conflict as some vested interests are trying to color it as. The deplorable case is an “ open and shut case” of bestiality wherein the bestial and warped instincts and lust of a bestial individual led to the incident. It is this very fact that should alarm society. That is that exists and lurk beasts of such a nature in our society. It is fact that must be confronted and these beasts exposed rather than giving a sectarian twist to the whole saga. If the case is politicized then those who do it actually are creating a vested interest around it in order to cannibalize it and reap political dividends. This is as cynical and sly as can be. What kind of mentality would actually seek to reap dividends of a political nature from the misery of a three year old? This is not a rhetorical question; it is as real as can be and must induce a sense of prudence amongst people. At the end of the day, a three year old was brutally raped by a beast. Society took note and was shocked but the time is actually of introspection as to why these kinds of bestial crimes are happening in our Kashmir. The time surely is not to cast inter communal and sectarian aspersions on each other and impute motives to communities. We , as a society , must take due stock of the situation, review it and do our utmost best to maintain peace and amity between communities in Kashmir.