The Kathua rape case of an innocent 8-year-old girl from a Muslim nomadic tribe in Kashmir has taken the entire country with a fiery rage.
The girl’s body was recovered 7 days after she disappeared on 10th January 2018 while bringing the family’s ponies home, according to reports.
Asifa Bano was abducted on 10th January and kept in a local temple called ‘Devasthan’ for several days where she was repeatedly gang-raped and tortured before being strangulated to death.
Apparently, as per sources, Asifa was given such an extremely high dosage of anti-anxiety sedatives that basically rendered her incapable of fighting, struggling or doing anything to prevent herself from harm.
But in all this chaos, it is this striking and hard-hitting Facebook post by Foram Mehta that tells us to focus on the important thing, that is the actual culprits.
Instead of spreading the victim’s image around, it should be the criminals’ images that must be ingrained in every person’s mind.
Reproducing Foram Mehta’s Facebook post here:
In this case, the 8-year girl is said to be kidnapped, gang-raped, and murdered by 8 men. She was out taking her ponies to gaze.
I have replaced her picture with two of her abuser’s pictures.
1. Deepak Khajuria. 28 years old. He is an SPO – Special Police Officer. (Yes, please – read that again).
2. Sanji Ram. 60 years Old. Is the main caretaker of the “Devasthan” (small temple), and is listed as the main conspirator in the crime.
3. Tilak Raj – Head Constable (Picture found from Deepak’s friend’s list)
4. Anand Dutta – Sub-inspector (No picture found)
They took Rs. 4 lakh from Sanji Ram to destroy crucial evidence.
5. Surinder Kumar – Special Police Officer (No picture found)
6. Vishal Jangotra – Sanji Ram’s son who studied in Meerut. He raped the girl with the juvenile.
7. Parvesh Kumar – Deepak’s close friend who was asked for help and assistance in executing the plan on the ground.
Their pictures need to go viral. Not her’s. We don’t need to be scared of being that child but these men in power, authority, and access.
Reason: To cause communal disharmony. Of course!
So, basically threaten the community by raping and murdering their children so that they live in perpetual fear of their safety and leave the place.
This is NOW a case of dispute between two political parties. Where people actually took to the streets to save him. (Finally, some civic movement and action is taking place). He might go scot-free. Asifa might not get her justice. The justice is not just for Asifa, but ALL the children in the country.
He goes scot-free, and we have so many more children left in the country (including our own) for him and his likes to exploit. You can keep your children at home to keep them protected. Stifle their growth, movement, and let them be abused by someone at home. Or let them out and face this.
What can we do: At least baat shuru karte hain. 53% of people are abused in the country. Meaning, about half of the folks on my list here. Break your silence and share with someone close to you about what happened.
This post has gone viral on the social media platform getting, at the time of publishing, over 51,000 shares and 455 comments.
It is really encouraging how frantically everyone is sharing and spreading this post around so that more and more people actually see the face of these criminals.
Image Credits: Google Images