The asifa case with the hashtag #justiceforasifa has been trending on various social media platforms .
With the attention it has garnered over the past few days it is being labelled as “the next nirbhaya case”. Now lets go back to five years back to the nirbhaya case . What were the exact sequence of events in the nirbhaya case?
Nirbhaya was gangraped by 6 men on the night of 29th december,2012. The way she was raped and killed received a lot of media backlash and upon pressure from media the accused were arrested. Out of that one died in police custody. The others are still in jail waiting for their time in prison to end and awaiting their turn of death sentence ,depending upon which comes first. However for even this verdict to receive a closure , it took five years ,yes five long years which almost seemed like a period of possible “justice delayed is justice denied”.
The “so called juvenile” was sentenced to three years of imprisonment from the day of crime committed and exonerated of all charges after this period. After this it was heard that the juvenile was radicalized in prison and went on to become an extremist.
Now lets come to this innocent eight year old girl called asifa . She was gang raped by four men for seven days . She was sedated , held captive for seven days and finally being murdered but only before being finally raped one more time to satisfy a “pervert’s ” lust.
According to the reports the mastermind accused looped in his juvenile nephew as he was aware that “juveniles” do not get death sentence and have a lighter penalty Moreover the incident occurred way back in January, 2018 and took international media ,three months after the event to sensationalize the matter and bring it to the public attention and get to the present sequence of events as of today.
BUT the question remains WHY should there be another nirbhaya at all .Why are women always made the repositories of shame .Why whenever there are communal riots or any sort of disharmony it is the women kind who have to bear the brunt. From asifa’s story the only thing we can hope and pray is for justice to be delivered ,however it is upon us for the conversation to never end.
Asifa’s story is not about hindu vs muslim. It is not about bjp vs congress . It is not about men vs women . It is about humanity against evil and at no cost should evil triumph over humanity.