Srinagar, April 21: Amid heavy rain, public gatherings were held in Chenab valley on Friday to demand justice in the case of rape and murder of the Kathua minor girl. Residents of Kishtwar took out a peaceful rally from the central Jamia Masjid to the bus stand, in which thousands of people including people from the Hindu community participated. At the bus stand, the people raised slogans denouncing the culprits and demanded justice.
The call for the shutdown was given by Imam of the central Jamia Masjid, Farooq Hussain Kitchloo. In Doda, the shutdown call was given by the Seerat Committee.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, Imam Kichloo said that undeterred by the heavy rains in the area, people came out in large numbers to lodge their protest against the gruesome rape and murder in Kathua.
Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy, the Imam of the Jamia Masjid in Doda, told Kashmir Reader that he as the head of the Seerat Committee had called for a complete shutdown and public protests as a show of support to the victim’s family. He said he could not unfortunately participate in the rally as he was out of town.
The protests in Doda were led by Advocate Babar, who told Kashmir Reader that the investigations by the police crime branch were up to mark and the case did not require to be transferred to the CBI.
“The investigating officers do not belong to the majority community of the state and the advocate who is pleading the case is also a non-Muslim,” he said.
He also lashed out at media outlets in Jammu for fabricating a narrative that the crime was committed by Muslims.
Meanwhile, residents of Khrew Pampore held a protest at their village to demand justice for the Kathua girl. People gathered after Friday prayers and took out a rally from the Jamia Masjid in Khrew to Shar Shali area of Pampore. The people raised slogans and carried banners and placards.
“We demand that the culprits be given exemplary punishment,” said a local of Khrew.