Asifa’s rape and murder has shaken the collective conscience of Kashmir: Geelani

Srinagar: Syed Ali Geelani, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday said that the rape and murder of minor Kathua girl, Asifa has shaken the collective conscience of people of Kashmir.

Blaming the state administration for their callous and careless approach, Geelani said that instead of taking swift action against culprits, people and Gujjar leaders protesting against the gruesome incident were arrested.

“This illustrates their (Government) bigoted mindset,” said Geelani in a statement.

He expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the grieved family of deceased minor and lamented police authorities for their uncalled and unjustified action against the people participating in the Rasm-e-Chaharum of the victim.

Geelani said that people, in a peaceful manner, were protesting against the brutal killing of minor, but they were manhandled, arrested and instead of taking any action against those accused, were detained.

Taking dig at the people who never miss a chance to make hue and cry about these gruesome incidents but at the same time share their moments with the “perpetrators”, Geelani said they should remember that they are the people whose hands are soaked in blood of innocents and are responsible for humiliating and massacre of common people.

Meanwhile, Geelani in his statement expressed his deep anguish and sorrow and denounced the biased role of Indian media and criticized them for their criminal silence, saying that they create hue and cry over petty matters but in this case, they maintained silence and turned a blind eye.

“People in outside states vandalize and ransack properties, however brute force is not used against them, however quite contrary to this people in JK, on mere pretext, are arrested and subjected to humiliation and brute force,’ he added in the statement.

Referring to the recent statement of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti wherein she has said that “women in state are safe’’ Geelani said that it is an illusion and instead of this women are molested, disrespected and humiliated by men in uniform.

Urging the stringent action against those involved in the murder and rape, Geelani said that people are not satisfied and are still awaiting fair trial and demanding that the persons involved in the heinous crime should be dealt with firm hand and brought to book for their wrong doings.

Lashing at state administration, Geelani said that police leave no stone unturned while detaining innocents, however those involved in immoral activities are shielded and given a free hand.

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