BJP Leader and Hindu Extremists wave Tricolour in Support of Rapist Police Officer

By 20th February 2018 0 Comments

Srinagar: The right-wing Hindu Ekta Manch, along with the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party’s state secretary, recently carried out a protest march in Jammu’s Kathua district to demand the release of a special police officer (SPO) accused of raping and murdering an eight-year old nomad girl.
As if that is not unusual enough, a video clip of the rally that was held on February 15 shows the protestors carrying the Indian tricolour while marching through streets in support of the accused, Deepak Khajuria.
Twenty-eight year old Khajuria, posted at Hiranagar police station in Kathua, was arrested by state crime branch on February 10 after “clinching evidence” was found against him in a gruesome crime that shook Jammu and Kashmir last month.

The victim, Aasiya, who is from a Gujjar family, went missing from outside her home in Kasana village on January 10 when she had taken the family’s horses to a nearby pond.
A week later, with the police coming under severe criticism for doing little to find the girl, her body was spotted by locals in a nearby forest. Subsequent investigations led to the arrest of Khajuria.
The girl’s body was found right when the state assembly was in midst of its budget session last month. It took several protests by the victim’s family and uproar by opposition members to shake the government which, in a knee-jerk reaction, first suspended the local SHO and then tasked a special investigation team (SIT) of the police with probing the horrifying incident. A magisterial probe was also ordered separately.

The police first arrested a minor boy for his involvement in the crime. But after it was alleged that the investigation had been botched up, the case was handed over to the crime branch, which then set up an independent SIT.

According to the crime branch report, the girl was raped and murdered to create fear among the members of the Gujjar community so that they would leave the area. That may explain why the family wasn’t allowed to bury the body in the village by locals. They had to take the body to a nearby village for burial in a community graveyard.

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