Bravo Deepika Rajawat

The horrific incident of Kathua gang rape and murder case has shaken the entire humanity in general and the troubled Kashmir in particular. While the 8-year-old Asifa’s family is currently in an inexplicable state of grief, there is a bunch of people in Jammu who are touching the new ebb by coming out openly in support of the rapists and more shockingly the people wearing the black coats and who claim to be the advocates of justice are turning out to be the real blacksheep by being the part of this gang of rape supporters. 

Amidst this gloomy situation, one voice that is fighting hard to stay strong is that of Deepika Singh Rajawat. A young lawyer who is defying every death threat coming her way only to ensure the culprits are punished and justice is delivered to little Asifa and her grieving family.This act of unprecedented bravery shown by this young energetic and professional lawyer has exhibited that humanity has not yet died. A person of courage, character and determination fights for the justice despite all odds irrespective of any attributes of religion, language, creed, colour and ethnicity.This great act of humanity shown by this Kashmiri Pandit lawyer has raised a new hope. She just didn’t pay any attention to the threats and abuses hurled at her from various quarters especially the Jammu Bar Association whose president B. S Salathia even openly threatened her and warned her of consequences if she continued fighting for her client. Despite all these difficulties, brave daughter of Kashmir continues her fight and her victory is inevitable.This great gesture of this Deepika Singh has not only sent a new message across the length and breadth of the state but it has completely exposed those who are trying to portray the whole Kashmiri Pandit community as the stooges of RSS and BJP.  Her valour has unsettled the likes of Sushil Pandit and Ashok Pandit. This is the right time for those who are spreading hate and venom to realise that truth is bound to prevail and their malicious efforts to defeat the truth are bound to fail.

The efforts of this young lawyer even forced the nationalistic media to highlight the truth which sans NDTV choose to remain mum during all the previous months. The steadfastness of Deepika Singh also failed the dirty tricks of those politicians who even shamelessly tried to link this horrific incident to Pakistan in order to provide escape route to their beloved rapists.

It is never easy to fight for justice when injustice is the order of the day and when unjust rule and discrimination is a rather accepted norm. Deepika also showed to the world that the sentiments of Kashmiris can’t be hijacked, suppressed and misrepresented. Every Kashmiri irrespective of any attributes of religion or region openly supported and appreciated this champion lawyer. This incident should also be an eye opener for those who are misusing the Pandit sentiment and who are hell bent to create a wedge between the communities. 

Deepika Singh is also running an NGO called ‘Voice for Rights’ and this voice of Kashmiris has to be the same irrespective of the religion and region. Kashmir salutes this lawyer and stands with her. Deepika has written to the Chief Justice of J&K High Court seeking security as she’s facing a barrage of threats from those shameless people who are no better than animals masquerading as humans.The state government should award this human rights lawyer for upholding the truth, creating harmony between communities and defeating the evil by failing the concerted effort to drive out the downtrodden Bakarwal community out.

The Hurriyat leadership should also appreciate this daughter of Kashmir whose life is at stake but she’s absolutely undeterred. The people of J&K regardless of religion have fully and whole heartedly appreciated this humanitarian lawyer. Even the Indian media which otherwise propagates and disseminates sensationalism by spreading farrago of distortions and outright lies has appreciated Deepika and voices are also being raised for her personal security and the security of her family. Deepika Singh is abused, demeaned and threatened. Her life is in danger and she’s facing a social boycott but she has won the hearts of those who stand for truth and speak against evil.  All the people with conscience in J&K stand with Deepika Singh Rajawat and condemn those who stand for evil.  


Rayees Masroor 



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