Kathua Case: Kashmir Law College student stage protests

Glen Norman
April 19, 2018

The eight-year-old Aasifa of Kathua was gang-raped and murdered by six persons affiliated with extremist Hindu organizations in the month of January, this year, after they kidnapped the little girl and kept her in captivity for around a week.

Eyewitness told Rising Kashmir that government forces on Tuesday resorted to intense tear gas shelling to disperse college students protesting against Kathua rape-and murder case in Sopore town of north Kashmir's Baramulla district. However, forces deployed in the area used force to break up the protest, triggering clashes.

According to the Greater Kashmir report, the police used tear gas shells and baton charged the protestors.

The protests soon turned violent, resulting in clashes between forces and students.

Over two dozen students and security men were injured as students in different parts of the Kashmir Valley clashed with security personnel on Wednesday to denounce the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl.

Meanwhile, an official said that all the educational institutions were closed in the town for the day in wake of the protests and clashes in the area.

Seven students, one pedestrian and a policeman suffered injuries during clashes in Pulwama.

The students demanded justice for the rape victim Asifa and capital punishment for the culprits involved in the heinous crime.

Students at Anantnag, Awantipora and Tral also boycotted classes and hit the streets protesting against rape and murder of a minor from a nomadic community, an incident which has triggered nationwide outrage.

Sopore police said that the students indulged in stone-pelting after police tried to stop them from marching towards the market, resulting in clashes. All of them are stated to be stable, the spokesman said.

Later, police reached at the spot and chased away the protesting students to clear the road for traffic movement. It said the situation was now under control.

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