Students demand justice in Kathua rape, murder case; stage protest in B’la, Sopore

Student protests erupted in parts of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomad girl, who was raped inside a Hindu prayer hall in Kathua.

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.

Earlier hundreds of students of Degree College Sopore staged a massive protest demonstration on Tuesday morning.
The protesting students raised slogans against the Kathua rape accused and demanded justice to minor Asifa who was gang raped and murdered in Rasana village of Kathua in January this year.

The protesting students, later on tried to march towards the market. However, forces deployed in the area resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes.

“We held a peaceful protest demonstration on Tuesday morning within the college premises against the Kathua rape and murder case. Later on we tried to march through the streets of Sopore town peacefully but police deployed outside college used teargas shells and aerial firing to target us without any provocation,” a student of GDC Sopore said.
The rape and murder of eight-year-old Bakerwal girl, who was raped inside a temple, has created a humongous controversy in the state.
Sopore police said that the students indulged in stone-pelting after police tried to stop them from marching towards the market, resulting in clashes.
Students of GDC Sopore alleged that government forces used pellets and teargas shells to disperse them.

Reportedly two students and a woman identified as Shahnaza Bano of Neharpora Sopore sustained minor injuries during the clashes.

Later on students of Women’s Degree College Sopore also held a protest demonstration. The protesting students were shouting pro-Kashmir and anti-BJP slogans and tried to march towards market but were stopped by government forces deployed near Iqbal market by lobbing tear gas shells.
Student clashes resulted in disruption in business activities and traffic movement in parts of Sopore town throughout the day.
Following the clashes the examination of BG 3rd semester which was scheduled on Tuesday at 2.30 pm were postponed at Degree College Sopore

The class work in Degree College Sopore resumed a week later, after being suspended as a precautionary measure soon after the civilian killings in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Meanwhile soon after culmination of regular class work, Women’s College Baramulla students tried to stop the vehicular movement outside the college on Muzzafarabad-Srinagar road, resulting in clashes.

Police used teargas shells to disperse the protesting students.

The protesting students were chanting anti-government and anti-BJP slogans.
The students demanded justice for the rape victim Asifa and capital punishment for the culprits involved in the heinous crime.