‘If it is Asifa today, it can be anybody tomorrow’
Jammu: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Saturday decried communalization and politicization of a heinous crime, involving an eight year old girl Aasifa in Kathua, saying these attempts are highly deplorable and against civilized behavior.
“Can politics stoop to such lower depths where barbaric act against a girl child falls prey to religious chauvinism,” Rana asked, adding that those spearheading the cause of criminals should have vouched for the victim whose agony at the time of commission of the crime might have shook the heavens.
Rana expressed surprise over illogical and uncalled for protests in support of a criminal, apprehending that these attempts might paralyse the investigation process, leading to unfortunate situation. He said the fringe elements should not be allowed to unleash communal agenda under the garb of ultra nationalism.
“Those aligning or indulging with the reactionary elements to have free run from the crime are actually destroying the social fabric, which could have serious ramifications for the society at large,” he said, adding that taking sides with criminals on the basis of religion will embolden perpetrators of crime and lead to chaotic and uncontrollable situation.
“If it is Asifa today, it can be anybody tomorrow”, Rana said while invoking societal response to the dangerous trend being set by frenzy elements, hiding behind the religion. He cautioned them against vitiating the atmosphere and testing patience of the silent majority, which does not discriminate against innocent children on the basis of religion. He exuded confidence that the society ingrained with the philosophy and ethos of daughters belonging to all will isolate the perpetrators of violence and seek justice for the innocent child.
“It is moral duty for us all to ensure that poor Aasifa gets justice to lie in peace in the grave,” Rana said, adding that he hoped that the investigations set in motion by the Special Investigation Team are expeditiously taken to a logical conclusion and the criminal dealt as per tenets of law.
“A criminal is a criminal and crime is a crime”, the Provincial President said, adding that those evoking emotions and giving communal tinge to the Kathua incident were committing a heinous crime against the humanity, which cannot have religious sanction.
He urged the administration to take all necessary steps to instill confidence among the people by going whole-hog against criminals and their sympathizers, whichever religion they belong to.
(With inputs from KNS)