Srinagar, April 17: Students of Kashmir University and colleges continued to hit the streets, demanding justice for eight-year-old Kathua rape and murder victim, Aasifa Bano.
The students of the Kashmir University staged massive protests inside the campus, demanding hanging of the perpetrators of this heinous crime. Students from various departments assembled inside the campus holding placards in their hands, depicting different messages calling for justice in the case. They also condemned the Kathua Bar Association for blocking the challan by Crime Branch of police a few days back, saying that those lawyers should be arrested and stern action must be taken against them.
Meanwhile, the students of SP College and Kothibagh Girls Higher Secondary School, Srinagar, held a protest march in Lal Chowk area as a mark of solidarity with the Kathua rape and murder victim. The protesting students demanded stern punishment for those involved in the heinous crime.
Intense clashes between students and Indian forces erupted in Sopore town after Indian police used brute force and fired teargas shells to disperse the protesting students. Witnesses told media that the students pelted the police with stones. Clashes resulted in disruption of the business activities and traffic movement in the down town area of Sopore town. The clashes were going on when reports last came in.
The students of Government Higher Secondary School, Nadihal, held a protest march in solidarity with the victim girl.
On the other hand, the Traders Association Maisuma Bazar and Traders Association Kukar Bazar, and traders of Gojwara held protests in Lal Chowk and Rajouri Kadal areas of Srinagar as a mark of solidarity with the Kathua rape and murder victim. The protesters raised slogans against Jammu Bar Association for trying to protect the culprits. They demanded stern punishment against those involved in the crime of rape and murder of the minor girl. The Jammu and Kashmir Helpers and Workers Association also held a protest march in Srinagar and demanded justice for the victim girl.
The eight-year-old Aasifa of Kathua was gang-raped and murdered by six persons affiliated with extremist Hindu organizations in the month of January, this year, after they kidnapped the little girl and kept her in captivity for around a week. The culprits also included two Indian policemen.