Police on Tuesday arrested a social activist who was seeking justice for Asifa Bano, the minor Kathua girl who was brutally murdered. Advocate Talib Hussain was arrested during a candlelight vigil on Kathua highway.
Residents from Kathua have been protesting ever since Asifa’s dead body was found among the bushes with serious injuries. Her family claims that she had been raped as well while she was held captive for a week by her kidnappers.
Asifa Bano, an 8-year-old girl went missing at around noon when her father went out to take horses for water. Their eight-year-old daughter was found dead a week after she went missing. The family says the little girl was abducted, held captive for a week and raped before she was murdered. The police say they are waiting for the post-mortem report before commenting on motive behind the murder.
“Local guys are involved. There is no outsider. She was murdered, the girl was raped. She was raped,” said the maternal uncle of the girl.
The girl’s 40-year-old mother too believes the murderer is someone in the neighbourhood.
“Someone in the village abducted her. Otherwise, how did she disappear? Someone from the village is involved,” she said.
The Bakerwal girl had gone missing on January 10. The family says they couldn’t trace her after searching the entire area. On Wednesday, the body was found deep inside bushes – more than a kilometre from her home. There were serious injuries on her face and the body.
“Youth in the village abducted her and the family is scared to speak against them because they fear that they may be driven out of the village,” said a relative, adding, “If a little girl is not safe, how is any woman safe here.”
The state women’s commission chairperson Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor visited the family and said even as they will wait for the medical report, prima facie suggest a case of rape and murder.
“They are quite sure that she was molested and raped. The body was taken to the hospital and we are waiting for the medical report,” said Ms Mehjoor.
A few days ago, family also expressed that police has been showing non-seriousness ever since the family asked them for help since Asifa went missing.
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