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Posted at: Apr 16, 2018, 1:59 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2018, 1:59 AM (IST)KATHUA RAPE AND MURDER INCIDENT

Incident ignites outrage among city residents

Avneet Kaur/ Ajay Joshi

Jalandhar, April 15

This week’s two main story in every newspaper, on every news portal and TV shook the entire nation, which read that - one of the 8 years old shepherd girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir was drugged and held captive in a temple for 3 days, brutally gang-raped and then strangulated to death. The other in Unnao, in Uttar Pradesh where an 17 years old alleged that she was raped by a BJP MLA.

While, the nation was still struggling to come to terms with these inhumane acts, another horrifying incident in Surat where an 11 year old has been raped tortured and murdered, went viral in news channels on Sunday. The post mortem reports of Surat girl revealed around over 80 injuries on her body including injuries on private parts.

These incidents have indeed brought national shame and have exposed the ugliest face of India. The murder and gangrape of an eight-year-old in Kathua is a tragic reminder of December 16, 2012, gangrape that took place in Delhi. While the number of cases are on increase with every passing year, the government has miserably failed to bring reforms in the laws related to rape.

Since the last two days, tweets and posts on social media are getting viral from across the nation. From film stars to celebrities to common people none can digest the heart wrenching details of 8 year old murder and rape, people through their whatsapp status and posts showed outrage against government as well those politicians who defended the culprits and demanded death penalty for the accused.

People again took to social media to voice their opinions.

Advocate and senior judge at district Lok Adalat, Shusma Handoo quoted, “This is not about religion, it’s about a child who was brutalised till death. Mere political backing shouldn’t be put above law and justice. All evidences and facts are there so the court should implement the provisions of immediate punishments. Primarily there is one juvenile also, who allegedly kidnapped the girl so the revised laws of Supreme Court should also be put in-action that says the juveniles must also be treated with same punishment. Other than the harsh punishments state should bring in a law that would death penalty for those who rape minors.

Manpreet Kaur who is a house wife said, “The whole incident of the rape cases in Kathua, Unnao and Surat are like frightening nightmare to which one wakes up scared and unconscious. But unfortunately both of the victims faced that nightmare and died in this innocent age while none came for their survival. The charge sheet details are heart wrenching. More frightening is the fact the police, lawyers, ministers and few radical organizations are supporting the accused, brazenly. Nowhere else and never have the perpetrators received official and public backing because they belong to a particular religion”. Who should a girl be dependent on when the protector of society are indulged in tearing her apart.

Sachin Sharma, a and a student said, “Rarely can one find barbarity of such scale that an eight year old is brutally raped, tortured, and murdered. So let us stare barbarity in the face and talk about it. The law should not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions and statements of a group of people. It becomes harder day by day to claim that the unfortunate motherland is a civilized nation. If we as a society don’t speak up against it, then surely our soul has been killed along with her.

Another resident, Inderpreet Kaur said, the present scenario for girls have become very depressing, it’s hard to believe that protests are being conducted in support of accused and hardest is to find a solution to change this criminal mentality. Nobody is safe in these days. Girls have to be more alert for their own well being. Rest justice should be delivered as soon as possible. A lot needs to be changed. The culprits should be held accountable.

The rape case has indeed shook the entire nation. It is hoped that such incidents bring the politicians out of deep slumber. It is high time that stringent measures be taken against the accused, be it juvenile or adult. India can not enter the league of developed nations unless women are made to feel secure.

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