Srinagar: APHC chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday said that communalization and politicization of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl in Kathua was “deplorable, disgusting and against all ethics.
He was addressing a rally called by joint resistance leadership at Abiguzer in Srinagar to protest against brutal killing and rape incident of a minor girl in Kathua and express solidarity with Muslim community in Jammu.
Geelani in his telephonic address while appealing people from all sections of society and particularly non-Muslim community and human rightist groups in Jammu, asked to come in support of victim’s family so that perpetrators are punished for their heinous crime.
Syed Ali Geelani said that we are duty-bound to honor, safeguard and defend precious human lives and religious values irrespective of their faith, creed colour and cast, saying it is quite disgusting that instead of this we see the humans are being mercilessly slaughtered everywhere.
Their properties looted and their chastity being continuously tarnished and all this butchery is being carried out under the glaring eyes of ruling elite as the people at the helm of affairs are acting as stooges and as deaf-mute spectators, said Geelani.
In his ‘address’, Geelani, who is under continuous house arrest, expressed his deep sorrow over the rape and killing and added that “we are pained and we stand with the grieved family”.
Muslim community in Jammu are being subjected to worst situations by these elements, said Geelani in his address and demanded stringent and exemplary action against those involved in the heinous crime.
The investigation into the rape and murder of eight-year-old minor of Hira Nagar Kathua has so far revealed that the accused had drugged her so that she would not cry for help, said an official privy to the probe. The investigation is being conducted by the Crime Branch of J&K police.
“The accused initially administered her with a locally available intoxicant. Later they gave her diazepam regularly so that she wouldn’t scream for help and catch attention of the passersby,” Srinagar based Greater Kashmir quoted the officer as saying.
The accused had held the girl captive for seven days before murdering her in a brutal manner. The official said the CB has identified the drug store where the accused had purchased drugs. The revelations come at a time when questions are being raised over the investigation the police had carried out before handing the case over to the CB.
A rally was held in Jammu in support of the rape and murder accused where protesters displayed the Indian flag, and were reportedly provided police protection.
The Joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday had said that a rally that was organized in Jammu against the arrest of a ‘rapist and murderer’ is a glaring example of how ruling regime has crossed every limit of low with regards to humanity and ethics.
Terming the rally by Hindu Ekta Morcha in support of a ‘thug, rapist and murderer’, as a slap on the face of whole humanity, JRL said that this rally was led by a BJP assembly member which is actually a glaring proof of the fascist mindset of ruling class in India and Jammu Kashmir.
Recently, in a press conference, Chairman All Tribal Coordination Committee, Talib Hussain claimed that the real culprits in the rape and murder of minor Kathua girl were being shielded in a planned manner under the “guise of 15-year-old’s age”.
Hussain, who was detained during protests against the murder earlier this week, said that the persons involved in this “heinous crime” are not being punished because of “political influence”.
Addressing a presser after his release in Jammu, he said that circumstantial evidence on the basis of doctors’ version and people who gave her ceremonial bath suggest that girl was “brutally raped”.
“Her two ribs and a leg were broken. She was given electric shocks. She was clubbed by stones,” said Hussain.