[CW: Rape and Murder]
Asifa Bano: The child rape and murder that has Kashmir on edge https://t.co/FSLFo47NNo— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 11, 2018
- An 8-year-old girl, Asifa Bano, was kidnapped, drugged, gang-raped and tortured for several days, and then strangled to death in Kathua, which is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Her body was found on January 17, 2018, but the story has made headlines again as eight men have now been arrested for the crimes.
- Asifa belonged to a Muslim nomadic community in the Kashmir Valley division called the Gujjars (some sources say she was Bakarwal, I'm not sure which one is correct), who are shepherds and travel across the Himalayas with their livestock. They sometimes travel to the Jammu division for grazing, and this has put them in conflict with the locals, who are predominately Hindu and have accused the Gujjars of trying to alter the demographics of the region. The men who have been accused of kidnapping, gang-raping, and murdering Asifa are Hindu. Investigators have said that they believe the perpetrators committed these crimes against Asifa to send a message and drive the Gujjars out of Jammu. These details are important as they relate to the socio-political climate of Jammu (Hindu majority region) and Kashmir Valley (Muslim majority region). Kashmir Valley (Indian administered) has also had a turbulent relationship with the Indian government, and there has been an armed rebellion against Indian rule as far back as 1989.
- The case has shocked and angered not only the Kashmiri community, but many across the South Asian region as well, and it highlights the religious conflicts between the Jammu and Kashmir Valley divisions. Since the arrests have been made, there have been protests by right-wing Hindu groups in Jammu against the apprehending, and they are suggesting that the eight men are being falsely accused of the rape/murder because they are Hindus.
- Several Indian celebrities have demanded justice for Asifa and have raised awareness about the case as well.
ETA: I'm going to add some backstory about the Unnao case as well
Unnao rape case: Here’s everything you need to knowhttps://t.co/SJ5uyftUTk— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) April 14, 2018
- A 17-year-old girl was raped in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh last year, and she accused a BJP lawmaker and his accomplices of being her rapist.
- The case made headlines again last Sunday, when the rape survivor tried to immolate herself outside of a Chief Minister's office. She did this because the police failed to take action against her rapist.
- Now a BJP lawmaker, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, has been arrested for the rape.
- This case has also received widespread attention in India, and Indian celebrities have called for justice for the rape survivor as well.
Deeply ashamed and upset. pic.twitter.com/5502Iq40CH— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) April 13, 2018
I am Hindustan. I am Ashamed. #JusticeForOurChild #JusticeForAasifa— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) April 13, 2018
8 years old. Gangraped. Murdered.
In ‘Devi’-sthaan temple. #Kathua and lest we forget #unnao Shame on us! #BreakTheSilence #EndTheComplicity #ActNow pic.twitter.com/O8rABOrZq9
Who was Asifa ? She was an eight years old daughter of Bakerwals. Who are Bakerwals ? A nomad tribe who when spotted the Kargil intruders promptly informed the army .Who are the people who are trying to protect the rapists of this little girl . ? Now it is your turn to answer.— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) April 13, 2018
Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 12, 2018
If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human.
If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing.
It’s moments like this when a clear choice must be made.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 13, 2018
We can come together as a people to protect the lives and rights of our women & children
We can allow people to put personal agendas above law & humanity
What kind of nation do We want to be? #Justice #Kathua #Unnao
Sickened to the core... what are we becoming as a society??? Asifa deserves quick justice. pic.twitter.com/QT9iywaGFK— Kajol (@KajolAtUN) April 13, 2018
HOW do human beings go through evil acts on another human? During an act, how do they not stop? Is there no concience? No guilt? No regret? No humanity? HOWWW do you allow yourself to go through raping and killing a child?! Cannot understand it. #JusticeforAsifa— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) April 12, 2018
Sickening. Nothing should come in the way of justice for Asifa.— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) April 13, 2018
We have failed as a society! Being a father, I am shaken and filled with anger reading about what happened to a 8 year old kid. My heart goes out to Asifa's family. I refuse to accept we really let THIS happen. Justice has to be served NOW. #JusticeforAsifa— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) April 12, 2018
How many more children like baby Asifa will be sacrificed at the intersect of religion & politics? How many more children will have to suffer unimaginable crimes before we wake up? I’m disgusted. It’s time for swift action. We owe it to Asifa and to humanity. #justiceforAsifa.— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 12, 2018
The cruelest form of evil is harming an innocent child. What is happening to the world we live in??? These people should be given the most severe punishment there is! Where are we heading as humanity?— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) April 12, 2018
Shaken to my core.#JusticeforAsifa
Can’t believe this is happening!!!! Shocked and appalled at what this has come to.. really hope justice is served! Really really really hope 🙏 https://t.co/m5LId8mAzi— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) April 12, 2018
Does it have 2 b ur own daughter fr u 2 understand? She could’ve been mine. I feel angry as a man, father & a citizen fr failing Asifa. I m sorry my child v didn’t make this country safe enough fr U. I’ll fight fr justice at least fr future kids like u. V mourn u & won’t forget u— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) April 13, 2018
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I found out about the Kathua case yesterday, and it made me sick to my stomach. RIP to Asifa and I hope she gets justice. ETA: I added some details about the Unnao case as well, and I hope the survivor of that case receives justice too.