Traders protest in Srinagar, demand capital punishment for culprits


Srinagar, Apr 13: Scores of traders hit the streets after Friday prayers and held a sit-in protest in downtown Srinagar, demanding capital punishment for culprits in gang-rape and brutal murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu region.
As soon as Friday prayers were over in mosques, scores of traders, under the banner of Gousia Traders Association, hit the streets near Dasteer Sahab shrine in Khanyar against rang-rape and brutal murder of an 8 year-old girl Asifa in Kathua in January.
Holding banners and placards, which read, ‘Stop this shame. Death penalty for rapists’, ‘Punish to culprits. Justice for Asifa’, besides other slogans, the traders held a sit-in protest in the area and demanded capital punishment for culprits.
The protesting traders also hit out at Jammu Bar for allegedly hampering the efforts of Crime Branch of J&K police to bring culprits of the crime to the book. “It is the moral responsibility of each and every person, irrespective of their religion, cast, creed and political belief, to seek justice for the Kathua minor girl. If strict action was not taken against the culprits, such incident could be repeated… and today it was Asifa tomorrow it will be someone else,” Latif Soffi, president of Gousia Traders Association said.