Multiple protests held in support for Ashifa

Protesters question why can't Ashifa be Nirbaya of India?

Abid Hussain/Srinagar
January 25, 2018 CITY 327 Views

Seeking justice for eight-year-old Asifa Bano, different social organisations on Wednesday jointly held a sit-in protest against the killing of minor girl and government’s ‘failure’ in nabbing the culprits here at press enclave.
Raising slogans against the ‘shocking incident’ protesters asked, “Why can’t Ashifa of Kathua be Nirbhiya of India?” Referring to the Delhi gang-rape victim of 2012, when thousands of protesters took to streets.
Protesters asked, “Where is women commission? Where is national media? Where is civil society?”
Protesters while lambasting national media for not giving coverage to Kathua incident said, “Nobody speaks for Kashmir.”
They said though government has handed over case to Crime Branch (CB) but “we know what happened to Aasiya and Neelofar’s case”.
On the occasion, Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, one of the organizers of the protest said that the ‘criminal silence’ adopted by the civil society is condemnable. He asked, “Isn’t Ashifa your daughter?” Adding government has failed to protect its citizens.
While questioning the government, Dr Rasool said, “First answer us what happened to earlier enquiry commissions?” He demanded, investigation must be monitored by civil society.
Another protester exclaimed that government is not ready to speak. “In a similar incident of Zainab Ansari, Pakistan government conducted DNA tests of 800 suspects and chief minister Shehbaz Sharif spoke up but in Kashmir nobody is even ready to speak.”
He asked, “If prime ministers is saying Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao then why today this ‘Beti’ is being murdered?”
A protest was organised by J&K RTI Movement, Civil Society for Justice & Development, Gujjar & Bakerwal Foundation and Gujjar-Bakerwal Youth Conference and SAIRAB.
Meanwhile, Asifa a nomad girl from Gujjar and Bakerwal community is actually a resident of Brari Aangan area of Shangus in south Kashmir and her family later settled in Kathua district of Jammu region. She was abducted on January 10 and her body was recovered in Rasana village of Hiranagar on January 17.

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