Various local Human Rights (HR) organisations have decried attempts to give religious and communal colors to the rape and murder of an 8-year-old nomad girl, Asifa, allegedly by a special police officer (SPO) and his colleagues in Kathua.
They have demanded an in-depth probe into the incident, in order to ensure justice to the victim and her family.
Expressing surprise and concern over the rally taken out by the Hindu Ekta Manch, which was led by a BJP leader, the organizations said that it is totally unwarranted and highly condemnable. They said, "It is a conspiracy to derail the investigation."
Tirith Singh, a human rights activist, said that such protests are attempted to save the culprits and it is very unfortunate that a crime is being given religious and communal colours.
The activists said, "Rapists and murderers should not be saved. They should be given the rightful punishment. It is very unfortunate that the leader of a political party also participated in the rally."