MARGAO: Over hundred people marched silently around the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) on Sunday during a rally to express their solidarity with the eight-year-old Asifa Bano, who was brutally gang raped and murdered in Kathua, Kashmir and demanded that not only the investigation be fast tracked, but also the trial.
The people holding candles marched along the pavement by the side of the garden and stopped at a few places where the some of them addressed the gathering and songs composed specially for the occasion were sung.
The people signed a petition demanding speedy investigation and trial into the matter and condemned the government’s apathy and attempts to politicise and communalise the heinous crime.
The petition condemned the delay in registering the missing complaint, delay in investigations and harassment to the people demanding justice for the victim. The crowd castigated the two ministers, who were supporting the accused in the matter
The rally was organized by Young Women’s Catholic Association of Goa.
The association’s former president Roselle Solomon said, “It was regrettable that police, who were the protectors of law, were the ones, who committed this gruesome crime along with the others.”
Striking a discordant note, Sayyed Iftiar of the Popular Front said, “Sharia law was required to deal with people committing such gruesome crimes”. But the YWCA members clarified that they were demanding that the laws enacted to protect children in the country should be implemented stringently and properly.
The speakers pointed out that rape has practically become a part of life even as the nation was yet to recover from the rape and brutal murder of Asifa, another girl was raped in Gujarat on Saturday.
Ayub Khan pointed out that every year nearly 10,000 rapes are reported across the country and regretted that instead of treating it as a crime a communal colour is sought to be given to such incidents.
Meanwhile, the nuns, students and public gathered outside Carmel College, Nuvem, and held placards condemning the heinous crime.