Remembering Asifa: We Should do Higher, India

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Replace as of June 11, 2019: Three males have been sentenced to life in jail for the rape and homicide of Eight-year-old Asifa Bano in a case that outraged India. The three different males, who had been as soon as law enforcement officials, concerned within the rape obtained five-year sentences for destroying proof in reference to the case.

India: the second nation on the earth with essentially the most variety of mosques. India: residence to the Taj Mahal, which is adorned with scriptures from the Qur’an. India: residence to many Muslim Bollywood heartthrobs. But, why will we nonetheless flip our backs on our Muslim residents?

There is no such thing as a phrase horrific sufficient to explain the torture and killing of Asifa Bano in Jammu and Kashmir, however the reactions that adopted are equally terrifying. Not solely are folks protesting for the lads who murdered Asifa, however Asifa’s household now really feel the necessity to flee their residence as a result of they’re scared for his or her lives.

We as a neighborhood need to ask ourselves questions that really feel like sandpaper rubbing towards our throat. What has turn out to be of us as people when a baby is drugged, tortured, and murdered, and the household of the kid has to flee for their very own security, all due to politics and faith? How do you justify the torture and killing of an eight-year-old lady? Is an Indian Muslim nonetheless not thought-about an Indian?

The clear separation and suppression of Muslims in India perpetuates this violence. Each name India their motherland, but Indian Muslims are, extra usually occasions than not, handled unjustly by their very own nation. The riots towards Asifa’s household present simply how large this separation is. The most important offenders, nonetheless, aren’t those that riot towards the household and assist additional division; it’s those that stay silent that trigger essentially the most injury.

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It’s those that stay detached that permit these injustices to happen. It’s those that ignore such a deep-rooted difficulty in our neighborhood. It’s Bollywood films’ fixed portrayal of Muslims in a unfavorable mild and our acceptance of it. It’s those that have a platform and don’t use it to talk up towards such issues. It’s those that don’t need to step on any toes. Our silence covers the mouths of the harmless victims who scream for assist.

This difficulty is not only one-sided. There was bloodshed on either side, and this can be a thought that stops lots of people from talking out towards such hateful crimes. However hasn’t historical past proven us that no person’s palms are clear? Hasn’t it proven us that responding to violence with extra violence is an equation that by no means results in a progressive consequence? This mentality is how historical past turns into cyclical. It doesn’t matter who began the struggle when hundreds of years later we’re nonetheless preventing when youngsters have stripped away of their innocence and are dying. There is no such thing as a justification for the homicide of an harmless youngster.

The voices of those that are loudly protesting towards Asifa’s household will turn out to be louder if these sitting in silence don’t communicate up. It’s time to return collectively as a rustic as a result of division will solely culminate hate. It’s time to alter our mentality, and it’s time to begin caring for our folks.


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