Friday, November 27, 2020
Home Opinions Kathua: how a heinous crime was given political and religious colour with a one-sided...

Kathua: how a heinous crime was given political and religious colour with a one-sided narrative

An eight year old girl, was raped and killed in January. The obvious sentiment is that the culprits must be punished, regardless of which religion they belong to. Nothing more needs to be said about it. In a relatively sane country, that is.

Let’s widen the context now. What happened with the girl was horrible. What happened after that was dreadful. The case was handed over to the crime branch of the J&K Police.

The team started picking up male residents of the village randomly and tortured them on the pretext of interrogation. No prizes for guessing from which community the poor boys were from. Now, the locals demanded that the case be transferred to CBI for a fair and independent investigation. Note that the demand was for a “fair” investigation, not an end to the inquiry. By February, Hindus started to leave their homes.

You would’ve expected the state government to take note of the problem especially when the women of Hiranagar sat on a fast-unto-death. Notice they did after a few days when the fasting women appeared to be inching closer to death. They promptly had them picked up and forcibly shifted to a hospital in Hiranagar. Four other women replaced them and continued the fast. The BJP leaders issued some silly statements of solidarity with the people of Hiranagar. Of course, they did nothing concrete for them.

Let’s widen the context further. As the people of Jammu began to create more ruckus, they naturally extended their agitation to highlight the larger issue of demographic threat to Jammu on account of the Rohingyas. Though interestingly it has been alleged that were first settled in Jammu not during the UPA government, but under the benevolent gaze of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee during his tenure as PM.

Rohingyas are the new untouchables. I mean that in a positive way. Somewhere in between all this futile activism, there was heavy shelling by Pakistan on border areas in the Jammu province, which also led to a similar exodus from places like Rajouri, with about 40,000 people fleeing their homes and taking shelter in places like rehabilitation camps.

The empty villages are ideal for our guests to settle comfortably in. But with the J&K bar association joining the civilians in the protest against this assault on demography in the areas surrounding urban Jammu, the issue threatened to get out of control. Indeed a bandh called earlier this week was hugely successful.

This was a signal for the media sponsored virtue-signalling industry also called the Lutyen’s ecosystem to get their act together. They suddenly discovered that a little girl was raped in some obscure village in a remote district called Kathua. The headlines in newspapers like The Washington Post read, “Hindu ‘nationalists’ defend accused rapists and shame India”. Hindu Nationalists? Like seriously?

It took them three months to discover the horrific incident and one day to kill a legitimate struggle for justice. That’s the power of the narrative. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court also ordered a probe to see if the conditions of Rohingya refugee camps are up to the mark. The Rohingyas are here to stay. Why not? Atithi Devo Bhava.

Editor’s note: This article is a reproduction of a Facebook Post by Ashish Dhar with his permission, with a few minor modifications.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

‘Such conduct does not befit a parliamentarian’, Bombay HC tears into Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for his despicable remarks against Kangana Ranaut

"Sanjay Raut, without being bothered that the rule of law should always prevail, was determined to teach a lesson to Kangana Ranaut": Bombay HC

From the mass suicide in Jodhpur to the effect of rules of CAA not being notified: The Left propaganda against CAA continues

11 Bheel refugees from Pakistan committed mass suicide, that, coupled with CAA rules, has turned into a propaganda flashpoint

Is the central govt recruiting Rohingya Muslims who have illegally infiltrated into India? Not really: Here are the facts

Earlier today, a concerning message went viral on social media claiming that RAW was recruiting Rohingya Muslims

‘Indira thok di…Modi ki chhati mein’, ‘Imran Khan dost’: Congress plays a dangerous game as ‘farmer’ protest turns into show of strength for Khalistanis

Farmer protest along Punjab-Haryana border have seen participation from Khalistanis, even as Congress lends support to them

‘Malafide intent’, ‘action to target her for statements’: Bombay HC slams BMC for demolishing Kangana Ranaut’s house, appoints valuer to ascertain damage

Bombay HC was hearing a writ petition filed by Kangana Ranaut challenging the demolition of her bungalow by the Mumbai civic body

Abetment to suicide charge not established in FIR: Massive victory for Arnab Goswami as SC delivers scathing statements

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee stated that the FIR by Maharashtra government does not establish the charges of abetment of suicide against Arnab Goswami.

Recently Popular

Odisha: Largest ever vigilance raid in state unearths massive wealth gathered by IFS officer, fancy cars, ultra-luxurious lifestyle

Pathak's family reportedly owns a lavish apartment in Bhubaneswar with Italian marble flooring, ivory furnitures and other luxuries. The son is engaged to an MLA's daughter.

Hyderabad elections: Owaisi makes ‘beef biriyani’ sly on BJP leaders, Raja Singh offers him pork biriyani

As an insult to BJP leaders, Owaisi had stated that they should have some biriyani at a particular hotel in Hyderabad that is famous for beef dishes.

Remembering the role Barkha Dutt played in endangering the lives of 100s of civilians during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack

A look back at how live coverage by journalists like Barkha Dutt and other journalists endangered lives of thousands of people during 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

Aziz Burney’s ’26/11 RSS ki Saazish’: Read how the Congress-favourite Urdu journalist gave Pakistan a clean chit and blamed Indian Army

Through his articles, Burney had tried to give a clean chit to terror-state of Pakistan by claiming that it was not the ISI or LeT that was behind the attack, but the RSS with covert support from Mossad and the CIA.

During 26/11 Mumbai attack, Param Bir Singh refused to be on ground and take on terrorists, then Mumbai CP Hasan Gafoor had said

Hasan Gafoor, who was the Mumbai Commissioner of Police during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, had accused senior police officials, including Param Bir Singh of not taking on the terrorists.

When Sonia Gandhi trusted Ahmed Patel for conveying to PV Narasimha Rao’s family that his funeral will not be held in Delhi

Sanjaya Baru had said Ahmed Patel approached him to let PV Narasimha Rao's son know about Sonia Gandhi's message.

Haryana: Ikram tries to abduct Hindu girl, molest and assault the girl and family for refusing his advances of conversion and marriage

Ikram had allegedly insisted on getting the Hindu girl converted to Islam and thereafter marring her in his community

Mumbai Mayor calls Kangana Ranaut ‘naughty’, ‘two Rupees people’ after Bombay HC slammed BMC for demolishing Ranaut’s house

Bombay HC had quashed demolition notice sent by BMC to Kangana Ranaut and ordered to appoint a valuer to determine compensation

Shoaib Akhtar hails Pakistan as ‘greatest nation on the planet’, slams New Zealand for warning Pakistani cricketers against violating isolation protocol

New Zealand issued final warning to Pakistan Cricket team after 6 cricketers tested positive for Covid-19 & violated isolation protocol

Malegaon blasts: Bombay High Court accepts intervention plea of the victim’s family against Lt Col Purohit’s petition

Representing Lt Col Purohit, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi stated that his client was falsely accused in the case while he was merely discharging his duty.

Murti restored a week after Hoysala-era Mahakali murti at Doddagaddavalli temple was found damaged: Read details

Week after a Mahakali murti at Doddagaddavalli Temple near Hassan district, Karnataka was found damaged, the sculptors have restored the Hoysala-era murti to its original form

PM Modi to review the progress of COVID-19 vaccine development in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune

During his three-city visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the development and manufacturing of three vaccine candidates by Zydus, Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India respectively.

‘Such conduct does not befit a parliamentarian’, Bombay HC tears into Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for his despicable remarks against Kangana Ranaut

"Sanjay Raut, without being bothered that the rule of law should always prevail, was determined to teach a lesson to Kangana Ranaut": Bombay HC

Odisha: Multi-millionaire IFS officer facing vigilance raid says his son gets a salary of Rs 1 crore per month, calls charges fabricated

Both the father and son, along with other family members and associates are being interrogated by the state vigilance department.

From the mass suicide in Jodhpur to the effect of rules of CAA not being notified: The Left propaganda against CAA continues

11 Bheel refugees from Pakistan committed mass suicide, that, coupled with CAA rules, has turned into a propaganda flashpoint

Is the central govt recruiting Rohingya Muslims who have illegally infiltrated into India? Not really: Here are the facts

Earlier today, a concerning message went viral on social media claiming that RAW was recruiting Rohingya Muslims

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
489,524FollowersFollow
20,200SubscribersSubscribe