Justice for Asifa: Kashmiri students stage protest and candle-light vigil in Mohali
Mohali, 17 April: Kashmiri students studying in Chandigarh University and other colleges staged a strong protest and candle light vigil against the brutal rape and murder of Asifa.
Protesting students from different colleges assembled near Civil Hospital Kharar, Mohali where from hundreds of students joined the protest. Protestors marched towards Kharar bus stand while chanting different slogans like Asifa ke katiloon ko’ fansi do fansi do, beti bachegi toh padhegi, asifa hum sharminda hai tumhaare qaatil zinda hain.
Students demanded stringent action against the accused. Students also raised slogans against the rape cases of Kunanposhpora, Asiya and Nelofer etc. One of the protesting student Mustafa Zahid, Mechanical engineering student, said, “Rape accused in Kashmir’s rape cases are still roaming free. It is unfortunate that while India calls itself world’s largest democracy but on the same page tri colour and Jai Shree Ram is used openly to protect accused ones which is shamefull.”
While talking to another aerospace engineering student he said that they have no hope of justice from the failed system. “There are already hundreds of cases infront of us like Shopian Double rape and murder, Kunan and Poshpora rape massacre. In all these cases, overwhelming proofs were present but what has been done so far?”, he said.
Another student said, “We cannot remain mute spectators. Asifa was our sister and it is heartbreaking and unbearable painfull thing ever in our life. Enough is enough.”
Protesting students displayed placards with slogans in favour of rape survivors. Students demanded death penalty for every accused person. On the occasion students from Kashmir demanded a stringent action against those involved in different rape cases in different parts of Kashmir. “We appeal world community to look into the matter. We also ask people to raise their voice against this growing rape culture. If it is Asifa today, tomorrow it could be their daughter”, said a student.