ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Justice for Kathua Victim

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As a group of women from Jammu and Kashmir, we express great anguish over the unjustifiable delay in the investigations into the heinous rape and murder of a minor eight-year old Bakerwal girl, in Rassana village, Hiranagar, Kathua district. We are equally concerned over the excessive politicisation and communalisation of an incident that is clearly one of sexual exploitation, sexual brutality and murder. We are also concerned by the brazen manner in which ultranationalistic discourse is being used to counter the campaigns for justice, and to shield the culprits. 

Her body was found in the forests of Rassana on 17 January 2018, a week after she went missing. Her body bore torture marks and she had been raped before she was killed. It need not be elaborated that she belonged to the marginalised and downtrodden nomadic tribe, whose vulnerability and victimisation is well recorded.

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Updated On : 16th Apr, 2018
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