The Supreme Court of India has decided to examine the infamous Kathua gang rape murder case with immediate effect. The whole nation is enraged with hatred for the rapists and many people have called for awarding death sentence to them. The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra has also sent a notice to the Bar Council of Jammu & Kashmir including Kathua District Bar Association and the High Court Bar Association at Jammu for their unethical stance of preventing the filling of charge sheet against the rape accused. To all stakeholders of the case, April 19 deadline has been given by the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of India has also warned who will oppose the representation of the victim’s family by a lawyer.
Yesterday Congress chief Rahul Gandhi led a midnight candlelight march to the India Gate in New Delhi where his sister Priyanka Bhadra and her husband Robert Bhadra joined as well amidst a big crowd. The local people along with the Congress supporters gave slogans against the Modi government and the state government in Jammu & Kashmir. Ironically, hours after Rahul Gandhi’s candlelight march, Unnao gang rape accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was arrested by CBI Officers.
This particular incident of Asifa Bano, an 8 year old girl from Bakherwal community, who was brutally raped for several days at a temple before she was murdered at Rassana village in Kathua district, has created ripples across all quarters. Now it has been exposed that the BJP members have been closely associated with this and their alleged involvement in destroying evidence of the barbaric incident. Asifa Bano was raped and killed in January but it only came in public limelight when the Jammu & Kashmir police filed detailed charge sheet based on DNA test, forensic evidence and post mortem report. The religious angle and Kashmir perspective have also played their part in this and has made this a very sensitive case for the nation. Altogether, the incident has sparked major outrage and Supreme Court’s involvement is indeed a welcome move which can give Asifa Bano’s bereaved family a ray of hope. Meanwhile the local authorities have failed to provide security to Asifa Bano’s family. The family has quietly abandoned their home in Rassana village out of fear late on Tuesday after the Jammu Bar Association called a strike to protest the J&K police’s “mishandling” of the investigation into the case.