April 14, 2018
The horrific Kathua gang rape and murder case has shaken the entire nation just like the Nirbhaya incident. Our country is losing sleep over the perennial attitude of denying and delaying justice. While the 8-year-old deceased victim’s family is currently in an inexplicable state of grief, the government’s deafening silence is simply baffling. Amidst this horrific situation, one voice that is fighting hard to stay strong is that of Deepika Singh Rajawat. A young lawyer who is defying every death threat coming her way only to ensure the accused are punished and justice is delivered to Asifa and her grieving family.
Rajawat is the chairperson of an NGO called ‘Voice For Rights’ which ardently works towards fighting for human rights. She is currently representing Asifa’s family in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court and is trying to bring the accused to face a trial.The eight-year-old child was drugged and brutally gang-raped for days before she was killed and thrown in the forest. The criminals behind this monstrosity simply wanted to fulfill their lust and drive away the minority from that area. The gory details of the charge sheet are enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. However, Deepika’s fight is not without hurdles, as she is facing a barrage of life threats ordering her to step away from the case.
Deepika has now requested the Chief Justice of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court for additional security. The Jammu Bar Association has been protesting against the police and is even inviting a CBI probe into the matter. India stands united and is demanding justice for the child’s murder. It is a situation of utter disgrace and shame for the police and the judiciary if Deepika has to guard her own life to fight for justice. A prompt action is yet awaited, but at least the authorities know that voices can no more be silenced.