Victims of Communal Viciousness
More than Modi’s hunger strike over the disruption made by the opposition in the parliament, elections and politics, nation is shaken by the reports of minor girls being raped, women being sexually harassed, people protesting over pity issues, killing each other, burning cities in the name of protest and what not! The nation witnessed a standstill when Nirbhaya was brutally raped in the capital city but when several other Nirbhayas are being cruelly raped and murdered in the same country, neither political parties nor public react to it. Every time when a girl is being raped, somewhere in the nation, we are worshipping the goddess Durga!! Did you see the irony, do you?
An eight-year-old girl was kidnapped, kept captive and raped for days, murdered and left in the woods in Kathua, Jammu early this year. The minor girl belonged to the nomadic Bakherwal Muslim community. Her body was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing.
Similar cases have been reported from across the nation recently and Unnao rape case is one of the most debated incidents. But the most shocking aspect of these crimes is that the two statutory bodies meant to protect the interests of these victims have not spoken out in their support.
Justice denied; who is accountable?
The Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police was in charge of the investigation. It filed two separate charge sheets against the eight accused in the murder case. Among the accused, there were two Special Police Officers, (SPOs) and a head constable.
Recently, Jammu Bar Association called for a strike alleging that Dogras of Jammu and Kashmir in Hiranagar were being targeted in the probe by the crime branch. The bar association demand for a CBI probe into the matter which was turned down by the Mufti government. An FIR was registered against lawyers who tried to block while entering the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate.
Scores of traders under the banner of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) held protests against Jammu based lawyers for supporting the alleged perpetrators of ‘gruesome’ rape and murder.
The communal shade
The shepherds, Gujjar Community, use public and forest land in Jammu for grazing, which has recently brought them into conflict with some Hindu residents in the region. They community believe that this was an act to terrorize the community into leaving Jammu.
It was alleged that the Muslim nomads were trying to alter the demographics of Jammu, where Hindus are currently the majority. While the crime did not receive much attention in Jammu, newspapers in Srinagar, the capital city located in the Kashmir valley, carried the story on their front pages.
The minor’s family, the Gujjars, wanted to bury her in a graveyard where they’ve purchased some land a few years ago. But when they’ve reached there, Hindu-right activists who gathered over there threatened them with violence if they were to continue with the burial. The family had to walk seven miles more to bury her in another village.
It is very surprising that the country that fought against social evils in the history witnessing mob that supports rapists. The blame-game between people in power and the political parties all across the country appear to be unchanged as no one, including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came up and addressed the issue. Instead, they’re after cheap politics and votes. If a report on a murder of an innocent 8-year-old child hasn’t moved you a bit, something is horribly wrong with the society we live in.
By: Thamanna Abdul Latheef C