The whole family of 8-year-old Asifa who was raped and murdered has abandoned their home and left for an unknown place all because of fear. Asifa’s father Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala with his wife and two children was very depressed after the Jammu Bar Association, with the active support of Bhim Singh’s Jammu Kashmir Panthers Party, was enforcing bandhs and taking out rallies “in favour of the rapists and murderers”.
Meanwhile, In Srinagar, a demonstration was held against the crime where former vice-president of JNU students union Shehla Rashid said: “We won’t allow a Gujarat to happen here. Don’t these so-called lawyers have children? Can they not even empathise with a child?”
For the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the government of Narendra Modi, the case has been especially embarrassing, given the prime minister’s oft-quoted slogan of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”.
Moreover, In the Unnao case, one of the accused rapists is a legislator of the BJP.