The rape and murder case of eight-year-old girl Asifa in Indian-occupied Kashmir have left people divided not just in the region but also in India itself. Celebrities too have voiced their solidarity with Kashmiris condemning the brutal torture the little girl had to go through before she was mercilessly killed. And apparently all over a land dispute and religious animosity.
The gang rape of little Asifa was allegedly a ploy used to scare the small Muslim herding community away from the area. While as horrifying as it is to even imagine any individual resorting to raping and then murdering a little child over land dispute, it’s even mind-boggling to understand that a whole community, including a political party (the BJP) would come out in support of the alleged rapists.
While India holds vigils and trends #JusticeforAsifa on social media, can we truly eradicate this mindset from not just India but Pakistan as well? Can we truly make this earth safe for our children, especially when democracy is marred by political uncertainties and religion is used to obtain power?