Condemning the unmindful and irrational coverage of Rasana rape and murder case by the national media, which defamed the Dogras of Jammu region by branding them as pro-rapists, the National Secular Forum (NSF) asked them to mend their way and present the true narrative of the happenings. Addressing a press conference here today, NSF chief Dr Vikas Sharma said, “There is an iota of doubt about the brutality to which the little girl was subjected. Every citizen of Jammu condemns this incident and seeks death penalty to the person who committed this heinous crime. But, the way the Crime Branch probed this case raised suspicion among the people of Jammu.” He added, “If people of Jammu are not satisfied with the probe and seeking CBI probe then what’s wrong in it. But, the national media projected the agitation of Jammu people as pro-rapist and anti-Muslim. And that’s not acceptable to us. No one can play with the sentiments of Dogras who are warriors and not cowards who commit gang rape on a minor girl. We worship the little girls as “Devi” irrespective of their caste and creed.” Dr Sharma further said that history stands testimony to the braveness and nationalism of Dogra community. “There can be an odd one out who committed this heinous act of crime but whole community cannot be blamed for the same. Moreover, the way Crime Branch prepared the chargesheet of the case smells fouls as some of the points mentioned are not believable. Hence, there is no harm of CBI probe is ordered to probe the case. And it would only ensure justice to the little girl,” he mentioned.
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