Protests seeking justice for Kathua minor girl continue in Kashmir

Members of the Kashmir Bar Association held a march to protest against the supporters of the accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and demanded a speedy and fair trial.

The march began from the High Court complex and culminated at the city centre Lal Chowk, during which the lawyers shouted slogans against two Bharatiya Janata Party Ministers — who have since resigned from the Cabinet — for taking part in a Hindu Ekta Manch rally in Kathua district in support of the rape accused.

The protesters also raised slogans against Jammu Bar Association President B.S. Slathia, who spearheaded a protest shutdown in Jammu to seek transfer of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Tourism Contractors Coordination Committee also staged a protest at Lal Chowk here, demanding capital punishment for the accused in the rape and murder of the minor.

The students of Central University Nowgam held a protest seeking action against Kathua lawyers who “shamed their profession” by siding with the accused in minor’s gang rape-and-murder.

Braving rains, the students of Vitasta Law College Nowgam also staged a protest demanding strict action against lawyers who blocked challan and took out a rally in favour of accused.

In Budgam, students of Boys Higher Secondary Beerwah took out a peaceful protest march at Beerwah town.

All Ladakh Students Association Kashmir staged a protest at Lal Chowk, here and demanded capital punishment for the accused.

Reports of protests were also received from Government Degree College Mendhar where students demanded exemplary punishment for rapists and murderers of the eight-year-old Kathua girl.

The students assembled at main Chowk Mendhar carrying placards reading “Death to Rapists”, “Nomads will not be cowed down by the cowards” and demanded strict punishment to culprits.

Reports said the protesters dispersed off peacefully after staging a sit-in at main chowk Mendhar.

In Doda, thousands of students from various educational institutions including from GDC Doda staged a protest at District Headquarter Doda in Chenab Valley region, demanding justice for the minor girl.

Similar reports of peaceful student protests were also received from other parts of the state including Banihal, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Sogam Kupwara, Ganderbal and Sopore.