We Have Failed Asifa As Humans, But She Will Not Be Denied Justice: Gen VK Singh

| April 12 , 2018 , 14:15 IST

Amid the criticism over the alleged rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen VK Singh on Thursday said that "We have failed Ashifa as humans. But she will not be denied justice".

The rape and murder of the girl from nomadic Muslim Bakerwal community created controversy and outrage after lawyers in Jammu called for a shutdown on Wednesday apparently shielding the accused, demanding the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 

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General VK Singh wrote, "There should be a difference between humans and animals. But what has been done to the 8-year-old girl in Kathua, it seems that being human is an abuse as animals are far better."

Those who want to shield the culprits in the garb of religion should know that they too will be counted among the culprits. Your support shows that you too are capable of doing such a misdeed." he further wrote. 

His tweet is important as it is the first statement from any minister in the BJP led Union Government. His cabinet colleague Dr. Jitendra Singh in whose constituency the incident took place has reportedly backed the CBI probe saying, "those who have not done anything wrong should be given justice." 

On January 10, Allegedly to 'dislodge' a group of Bakherwal Muslim nomads from the Rasana village in Kathua, the 8-year-old victim was kidnapped, sedated then gang-raped thrice inside the Devasthan prayer hall before she was strangled to death. Her body was found 7 days later in nearby forests.

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The mastermind behind the rape and murder retired revenue official Sanji Ram, his son Vishal Jangotra, Ram's juvenile nephew, Rasana resident Parvesh Kumar, Special Police Officers (SPOs) Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar, Assistant Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj have been arrested in the case. Dutta and Raj have been arrested on charges of attempting to destroy evidence.

Since the accused are Hindu and the victim was Muslim, the incident gained a communal tinge as well, with many defending the accused as well on religious grounds.