Cry for ‘justice to Asifa’ gets shriller

Civil society holds demo, sees other motives behind crime

Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 23 2018 12:35AM | Updated Date: Feb 23 2018 12:35AM
Cry for ‘justice to Asifa’ gets shrillerPhoto: Aman Farooq/GK

Demanding justice in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl, an open solidarity forum named ‘Justice for Asifa’, held a demonstration on Thursday.

Social activists, writers, doctors and students, who participated in the demonstration, said this forum would serve as a platform to raise voice for the justice of Asifa and also push for the capital punishment to the culprits.

Senior civil society members said there is a “larger conspiracy” behind the gruesome rape and murder of the girl.

Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KSCDS) chairperson Hameeda Nayeem, who addressed the gathering at Pratap Park, said the crime has two motives.

“One is rape and another is the larger motive to drive away the Gujjar community in a bid to change the demography of the state,” she said.

A group of doctors said response in Kashmir to this act has been relatively muted while a rightwing Hindu group “shamelessly rallied in support of the accused”.

“We have gathered here to tell everyone that Asifa has died but not our conscience. We will speak for her until she gets justice,” said Dr Khawar, who is a member of the forum.

“We are not going to stop here, we will continue protests and hold seminars in coming days to push for the justice to Asifa,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a separate protest at the Press Enclave, students and activists demanded capital punishment for the culprits and asked the government to book those who marched in support of the accused.

The protesters see “a larger conspiracy to threaten the Gujjar community and to change the demography”.