Pulwama: People in south Kashmir’s Pulwama town held a candlelight protest in Murran Chowk Pulwama, demanding justice for Asifa, an eight-year old girl who was brutally raped and murdered in Jammu’s Kathua.

People, especially youth were seen holding various placards depicting different messages, calling for justice in the case of rape and murder.

“Is Asifa not India’s daughter like Nirbhaya”, read one of the placards held by the youth in the sit-in protest.

“This peaceful candlelight sit-in was held to convey a strong message against the rapists of eight year Asifa. We want justice for Asifa,” said Waseem Parvez, a local youth.

“We seek exemplary punishment for the savages who have done this brutal act. Besides, we want the government authorities to act against those people who are trying to cover up the criminals,” said another protestor.

The minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal community, had disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir on January 10. A week later, her body was found in the same area.

A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.

Jammu has been on tenterhooks since the brutal rape and murder. The city’s bar association has opposed the action against the accused and alleged that minority Dogras were being targeted.


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