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Girl, eight, was gang-raped in a Hindu temple then murdered

Girl, eight, was gang-raped in a Hindu temple then murdered

In what is thought to have been a brutal act of intimation against Muslims in Kashmir, Ashifa Bano, above, was kidnapped and taken to a Hindu temple near Jammu city where she was allegedly gang-raped and and later murdered by a gang including four police officers.

The victim, according to the BBC, belonged to a community of Muslim nomadic shepherds called Gujjars who crisscross the Himalayas with their goats and buffaloes. She was found dead about a week after her disappearance in January.

Police have arrested eight men, including a retired government official, four police officers and a juvenile in connection with Asifa’s death.

According to the investigators, Asifa was confined in the temple for several days and given sedatives that kept her unconscious. The charge sheet alleges that she was:

Raped for days, tortured and then finally murdered.

She was strangled to death and then hit on the head twice with a stone.

It is believed that the accused men wished to terrorise the Gujjar community into leaving Jammu. The shepherds use public and forest land in Jammu for grazing, which has recently brought them into conflict with some Hindu residents in the region.

Said Talib Hussain, a tribal rights activist and lawyer “it was about land”. Hussain, who led a protest in support of Asifa’s family, alleges he was arrested and threatened by local police.

Protesters call for the hanging of Ashifa’s killers

The murder only began garnering national interest in India this week after the arrests sparked protests in Jammu – lawyers tried to stop police entering the court to file a charge sheet and two ministers from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attended a rally in support of the accused.

According to this report, Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the devisthan (small temple), is listed as the main conspirator behind the crime.

Ram was allegedly joined by special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, friend Parvesh Kumar or Mannu, Sanji Ram’s underage nephew and Sanji Ram’s son Vishal Jangotra or “Shamma”.

According to the charge-sheet, on January 11, Sanji Ram’s nephew phoned his cousin Vishal Jangotra and asked him to return from Meerut, where he was studying, if he wanted to “satisfy his lust”.

Just before the girl was taken into a forest and killed, Deepak Khajuria, a Special Police Officer, told the accused to wait as “he wanted to rape her before she is killed”. The girl was once again gang-raped before her head was bashed in.

The charge-sheet says:

The juvenile (Sanji Ram’s nephew) hit the girl twice with a stone on her head and later dumped her body in the forest after their plan to throw the body in a canal could not materialize due to the failure to arrange a vehicle.

The Gujjars wanted to bury Asifa in a graveyard where they had purchased some land a few years ago and had already buried five people but when they arrived there they were surrounded by Hindu right-wing activists who threatened them with violence if they were to continue with the burial.

Said the girl’s father, Muhammad Yusuf , Pujwala:

We had to walk seven miles to bury her in another village.

Two of his daughters were killed in an accident some years ago. On his wife’s insistence, he adopted Ashifa, the daughter of his brother-in-law.

His wife described the girl as a “chirping bird” who ran like a “deer”. When they travelled, she looked after the herd.

That made her the darling of the community. She was the centre of our universe.

Hat tip: Gaurav Tyagi

13 responses to “Girl, eight, was gang-raped in a Hindu temple then murdered”

  1. Broga says:

    This is the age of the Anthropocene. It has lasted 200,000 years. A blip against the great ages. The extinction rate is greater than any before. There may be learned papers, exhortations to “do something.” What is obvious is that there is no way back. We are fucked.

    But the religious, ignorant, self righteous, greedy, predatory insist on staying in their fools paradise. Do we really want to stay in a world governed by these monsters? Include me out as someone said.

    Religion will ensure that no rational approach is possible. We will continue tinkering at the edges while the world leaders reassure those who prefer the comfort of the supposed certainties to facing the facts.

    Look at that little girl. How many others are there? Look at who defends the thugs? And now the brave leaders are threatening nuclear strikes. Looks like coming close to game over to me.

  2. John the Drunkard says:

    If it can’t be blamed on Israel, the Islamosphere will remain silent.

  3. Vartan says:

    How much of this story is actually true?
    That may seem like a harsh ignorant question but I have been conditioned to ask it.
    I don’t doubt that a young innocent girl has been raped and murdered by a bunch of evil corrupt depraved hateful men.

    I don’t doubt it for one second. And here is why. Because those on both sides of the conflict are identified and driven by their mutually incompatable, mutually blasphemous, murderous, dangerous, divisive religions.
    To say that Muslims and Hindus hate each other is to state a fact. And to say that those on either side could commit such and awful crime against a young girl of the opposite religion is a statement of fact.
    But who says it was the Hindu side that did it?
    Is it beyond possibility that the Muslim side could have done it? Done it in the name of their twisted religious ideology just to make a political point. A political point that would imflame sensitivities around the world and may even be the seed of a flash over to mob violence. No, its not beyond my belief at all. As I said I have been conditioned to think this way by years and years of exposure to the inhumanity of those will stoop to any level of depravity in the name of their god(s). I don’t care whether Muslim or Hindu did it. Either is equally likely. What I do care about is that such a hateful atrocity is committed in the very first place. Committed in the name of one religion against an innocent of the other. Religion makes me sick to my core because it drives people to hatred, hatred so intense that a young girl can be treated so atrociously. And its clear that which ever side did it their dogma did not stay their hands … in fact their dogma justified it.
    Religion poisons everything. And even if the story is reported by the reputable BBC I have been conditioned to think that either side was capable of the crime and to not be at all surprized that such a thing could be done by the pious.
    That the pious kill each others children is no surprise. That the pious sexually abuse each others children is no surprise especially when men rendered into sexual deviants by their dogmas abuse even their own children.
    There, thats my response, and the pious made me say it.

  4. barriejohn says:

    The thing that increasingly gets me is that, to the religious in particular, the really dangerous people in society are the gay and bisexual, transsexuals, transvestites, etc, who, in the vast majority of cases, pose no risk to anyone else whatsoever, and just want to be left alone to live their lives in their own way. But of course, it’s always beneficial to blame “the other” for society’s ills; it’s been going on since time immemorial.

  5. L.Long says:

    ALL religions are evil and ALL religious people LIE!
    Gravity is true and is easy to prove…take a religious person above 6stories, and throw his ass off the roof (his body will follow the ass) no matter how much he wishes, hopes or prays, he will meet the asphalt! And will then soon find heaven & hell as false! As barriej points out they blame everyone & everything but themselves.

  6. Daz says:

    @barriejohn

    I do wonder whether the (literal or metaphorical) scapegoat concept is the main root of all religion. We’d need a time machine to find out of course.

  7. Broga says:

    Vartan: “How much of this story is actually true?”

    What can we trust? I was browsing through the Radio Times and came across a programme about a tribe, deep in the jungle, who turned their primitive environment into a theme park. The charges are specific e.g. £5 for a photograph and up to $£25. I was much encouraged by their initiative and readiness to put on a show for the tourists.

  8. Daz says:

    Multiple sources show this story to be true. Scepticism is fine. Hyperscepticism, not so much.

    This turned my stomach: An Indian government minister says, “so what if this girl has died, many girls die every day.”

  9. Angela_K says:

    Reading this makes me ashamed to part of the human race. Man’s bloody inhumanity to man.

  10. Broga says:

    Angela_K: The human race is killing itself. There are not infinite resources and their tyrant God will not save us. With young grandchildren I desperately wanted to be optimistic but the facts are overwhelming. We will die with a whimper. The depth of stupidity is such that those who could take effective action in all countries seem to behave as if they and their sprogs will not be affected.

    Mrs May and her wealthy, privately educated ministers have got a war cabinet. An environmental cabinet would be far more important. Here and in the USA there are revealing stats on drug addiction, heart attacks, obesity, strokes, diabetes.

    We are not a species at peace with itself. Much time and money of the fortunate citizens of the west is spent on blotting out our thoughts with drugs and alcohol.

  11. Gaurav Tyagi says:

    Hindus and Muslims of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh etc.) hate each other. Pakistan is a completely failed Islamic state and India under Modi govt has turned into a Hindu fundamentalist nation. Please refer to the following write-up of mine;

    http://southasiajournal.net/modi-government-has-turned-india-into-a-medieval-hindu-fundamentalist-nation/

    Personally, I have equal hatred for all religions be it Hinduism, Islam or whatever else. Religious Retards like the main accused Sanji Ram in this case always find weaker targets like children and women to carry out their religiously motivated perverted acts because they lack ethics, strength and a logical rational mind.

  12. 1859 says:

    This report is so awful I don’t know what to say.

  13. Gaurav Tyagi says:

    @Daz, The pathetic mental level of Indian politicians is reflective of the Indian society in general. Check out this senseless comment from another moron;

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/in-kathua-rape-murder-case-madhya-pradesh-bjp-chief-finds-a-pak-link-1836815?pfrom=home-topstories

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