SRINAGAR: The family of eight-year-old Asifa who was raped and murdered in Indian occupied Kashmir have reportedly abandoned their home out of fear in Rasana village.
According to media reports, Asifa’s father Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala has left for an unknown place along with his wife, two children and livestock. Earlier, it was said that the family was planning to leave for Kashmir next month.
The Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that the state administration and police of being “mute spectators” while the Jammu Bar Association, with the active support of Bhim Singh’s Jammu Kashmir Panthers Party, was enforcing bandhs and taking out rallies “in favour of the rapists and murderers”.
Meanwhile, civil society members come out in protest against the gruesome crime. The protesters demanded the arrest of the lawyers who tried “to obstruct justice” by not allowing the crime branch to file a charge sheet in the case. The protesters also demanded that the trial be transferred out of Kathua so that it could proceed without fear and disruption.
Asifa was abducted by three three when she was grazing her horses in meadows. She was taken to a temple and repeatedly ganged raped for three days at the end she was strangled to death.