Shopian rape-murder anniversary: No hopes of justice, says family of Asiya, Neelofar

Shopian rape-murder anniversary: No hopes of justice, says family of Asiya, Neelofar

SHOPIAN: As Shopian remembered Asiya and Neelofar on their 10th death anniversary on Thursday, the family of the two said they have lost trust in state institutions and have no hopes for justice.
Sisters-in-law, Asiya and Neelofar, were found dead in Rambiara rivulet, after being allegedly raped and murdered.
Shakeel Ahmad Ahanger, husband of Neelofar and brother of Asiya Jan, told Kashmir Reader that state institutions, be it the CBI, SIT, police or commissions formed by government, “were all alike”.
“We have no trust in state institutions and only a free and fair international probe can unmask the culprits,” he said.
He said that neither his family nor people have forgotten the case “but in Kashmir every week a tragedy happens and people get new and bigger shocks day after day”.
“The government formed committees and SIT know the criminals but they cover them by bringing CBI in case,” Shakeel said. “The CBI repeated the same thing which was told by then chief minister Omer Abdullah that it was a case of drowning.”
“There was a gangrape, their clothes were torn, injury marks on bodies and blood was oozing from nose of Asiya,” he said, adding that if the two been killed with bullets, it would not have given him “ever lasting pain”.
Ahanger recounted that in 2013 he was invited by a women rights group in New Delhi where they said that they will gift a shroud to CBI for failing to make a fair investigation in the case.
In 2009, Shopian observed a shutdown for 47 consecutive days to protest the incident.
According to a member of the Majlis-i-Mushwrat Committee formed at the time, on assurances of then Chief Justice Barin Ghosh, the call of shutdown was withdrawn.
“What happened soon, Ghosh was transfered to Sikkim as a punishment for taking case fairly,” the former member said.
The district observes a shutdown on 30th May every year as a mark of remembrance. Business establishments, schools, shops remained closed in the district on Thursday while traffic was off the roads.