A protest was held in Mumbai asking for Justice for an 8-year-old girl Asifa Bano, who was brutally gang-raped and murdered by a group of men for over three days. The horrific incident that happened in January 2018 in Kathua’s Rasana village near Jammu has shaken the entire nation.
A lot of people participated in this protest that demanded the rapists and murderers to be punished. Celebrities like Twinkle Khanna, along with son Aarav, Kiran Rao, Aditi Rao Hydari, Vishal Dadlani, Kalki Koechlin and others joined this peaceful protest.
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Asifa belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe and the men were Hindus. In early January, the little girl was grazing her horses when a man called her out into the forest. As the police reports, the man drugged her with sleeping pills and dragged her to a temple where they locked her inside. The two men along with an "invited" guest from Meerut continuously raped her for over three days. In the end, they strangled her before one of the men insisted on raping her one last time. Her body was dumped in the forest and was found days later. The reason given by these inhuman beasts was to drive away the nomadic tribe from that area.
The case that took place earlier this year is gaining momentum now mainly because of the religion factor and everyone is making it a communal clash. But should rape be measured on the grounds of caste, religion, gender or colour? Can any reason, however solid, ever justify such a monstrous act? How can religion come above humanity? How can a nation fail over and over again in protecting the women of their country? How can the people in power sit on this sensitive subject and not do anything? How can a section of this country defend the accused? Have you stripped yourself off the basic humanity and is a division on the basis of religion the only claim to one’s identity? If the Government of today fails to take any credible action against the accused, it will without a doubt be an incident of national shame.