In the months since, Asifa’s death has brought anguish to Kathua, the small town where she was killed. But it has also brought division. Asifa’s case is the latest example of India’s religious friction: As some denounce sexual violence and demand justice for Asifa’s family, others demand justice for the men accused.
As the shocking and mind-numbing details from the chargesheet in the Kathua rape and murder case came to light, prayers hoping for ‘Justice for Asifa’ reverberate on social media.
Those who attempt to justify the gang rape of an 8 year old girl on the basis of her religion cannot be called human beings. India's slide towards a morally bankrupt society devoid of a conscience is happening faster than we thought possible. #JusticeforAsifa— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) April 12, 2018
Thoughts, prayers & condemning Tweets are not enough, if India & Pakistan want to stop the slow descent to hell everyone needs to rise up NOW & demand proper punishment for these evil child rapists & those protecting them!#JusticeforAsifa— Asjad Nazir (@asjadnazir) April 12, 2018
Filled with so much anger and disgust over what has happened with Asifa. Only demons would inflict cruelty like this on an 8 year old. Pray for her soul, fight for #JusticeForAsifa. These atrocities need to end and it needs to end now.— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) April 12, 2018
Am told @RahulGandhi will lead midnight vigil at India Gate for #Asifa – very welcome move after unfortunate prevarications of Congress until now on #KathuaRape. Please also disown local congress leaders who backed the rapists. Am glad the candles are coming out #JusticeForAsifa— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) April 12, 2018
This beautiful baby haunts me. Perhaps every parent is similarly affected? The pig tails, the innocence… sedated, raped, head bashed in? Devastating to even think about. Citizens of India, where are we going? #justiceforAsifa pic.twitter.com/cBOh07wvK2— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) April 12, 2018
We have failed as a society! Being a father, I am shaken and filled with anger reading about what happened to a 8 year old kid. My heart goes out to Asifa's family. I refuse to accept we really let THIS happen. Justice has to be served NOW. #JusticeforAsifa— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) April 12, 2018
HOW do human beings go through evil acts on another human? During an act, how do they not stop? Is there no concience? No guilt? No regret? No humanity? HOWWW do you allow yourself to go through raping and killing a child?! Cannot understand it. #JusticeforAsifa— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) April 12, 2018
The cruelest form of evil is harming an innocent child. What is happening to the world we live in??? These people should be given the most severe punishment there is! Where are we heading as humanity?— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) April 12, 2018
Shaken to my core.#JusticeforAsifa
We need to fight for justice for this child. We cannot continue to allow these things to happen. We must not move on or get over this we all have to react asifa was India’s daughter we cannot fail her we need #JusticeforAsifa pic.twitter.com/MK3czCJCnZ— Varun DAN Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) April 12, 2018
Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) April 12, 2018
If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human.
If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing.