Farhan Akhtar, Richa Chadha, and Sonam Kapoor joins the “Justice for Asifa” and condemn the lawyers who are trying to delay the justice process.
The murder and rape of 8 years old Asifa in Jammu and Kashmir have turned into a political battleground. This week, a mob of Hindu lawyers physically blocked police officers from entering a courthouse to file charges against the men. The officers retreated to a judge’s house later in the evening to complete the paperwork.
Actress Richa Chadha took to her social media account and shared a picture of lawyer protesting on roads. She wrote, “These are the so-called lawyers that support the #KathuaRapist. They tried to prevented the charge sheet from being filed. Look at them, do you know any of them? They ought to be shamed. They are complicit in the rape, torture and murder of an 8 year old #JusticeForAshifa RT #Shame”
The horrific episode of sexual violence took place in January and ever since the case has become another battleground in India’s religious wars.
Hindu nationalists have turned it into a rallying cry — not calling for justice for Asifa, but rushing to the defense of the accused. All of the men arrested are Hindu, and Asifa’s nomadic people, the Bakarwals, are Muslim.
Actor and producer Farhan Akhtar also tweeted about the ongoing tussle in the case. He wrote, “Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered. If you don’t feel her terror, you are not human. If you don’t demand Asifa get justice, you belong to nothing”
Actress Sonam Kapoor also expressed her shock over the news. She wrote, “Ashamed appalled and disgusted by fake nationals and fake Hindus. I cannot believe this is happening in my country”