Doctors stage sit-in at GMC to seek justice for slain Kathua girl

Doctors said the purpose of the protest was to draw attention of the world to the gruesome case of minor girl’s murder.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 21 2018 1:20AM | Updated Date: Feb 21 2018 1:20AM
Doctors stage sit-in at GMC to seek justice for slain Kathua girlFile Photo

Students and doctors at Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar on Tuesday held a sit-in to seek punishment to the accused special police officer who was arrested in rape and murder of an eight year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu last month.

The students from various batches of GMC Srinagar assembled in the main park of the medical college to register their protest. Carrying placards which read, “Hang the culprit”, “If we sit silent today it can be anyone of us tomorrow” and more, the students demanded exemplary punishment to the accused.”

Doctors said the purpose of the protest was to draw attention of the world to the gruesome case of minor girl’s murder. 

The police have so far arrested two SPOs and a minor for their involvement in the gruesome crime that shocked entire J&K.

“Just because she didn’t belong to an affluent class doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t rally for justice for the child. If we don’t stand for her today, we will be held accountable for maintaining silence,” one of the doctors addressed the assembly of the students.

He said: “the only way we can ensure justice for her (the victim) and her family is to make sure that we raise our voices against the brutal crime. It is shocking that protests and rallies are being carried out in support of the person (the accused) who snatched life of that child.”

Quoting investigation report, another doctor said “the purpose of committing the crime was to instill fear within the Gujjar community and force it to flee the area.” “It is shameful that those who come out in support of the accused are given police protection and those who raise voice for the victim and her family faces harassment,” said the doctor.

He quoted news report that the victim had broken ribs and there were marks of injuries on different parts of her body. “A culture of impunity is being created where a criminal feels that he can commit a gruesome crime like this one and get away with it only because he is close to the power corridors,” the doctor said.

“If we stand for the victim today, we will be standing for each and everyone who has been subjected to one or other kind of injustice and never got the justice. We should resolve with ourselves that this gathering is end the end of our struggle to seek justice for people and women who have been subject to such horrifying crimes,” he said.

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