Everybody knows that 8-year-old Asifa’s rape and murder case has left the country shocked and has also created havoc between the two religions. But many people didn’t know what her family has undergone.
The Indian Express contacted Asifa’s father and he spoke everything about Asifa and his loss. The 35-year-old father cried out of remorse and said that he couldn’t accept the fact that his 8-year-old innocent daughter who didn’t even know the difference between Hindu and Muslim became the victim of such brutality. He also added that she didn’t even know which of her hands was right and left.
“If they had to take revenge, they could have picked someone else. She was an innocent child. Usey apney haath aur paun mein pata nahin tha, ki mera daayan haath kaun sa hai aur baayan haath kaun sa hai. Kabhi usney yeh nahin samjha ki Hindu kya hota hai aur Musalmaan kya hota hai.”
Asifa’s father told The Indian Express that she was the youngest of the three children. The elder ones are boys are in 11th and 6th standards. They went to schools in neighboring villages during their time in Kathua.
He told that he had adopted Asifa from his sister when she was 1-year-old. At that time he had lost two other children in an accident. He thought that the girl would give company to his wife.
He also recalled how she used to help her mother in daily routine. She loved animals, family’s horses and two newborn lambs and a dog she used to feed daily. She used to accompany him whenever he used to go away from the house.
When things took the wrong turn?
Last summer, Asifa’s mother insisted for getting her admitted to a private academy. She told The Indian Express, in the first week of January, Asifa visited the Samba town with her mother. She got her clothes stitched for her cousin’s weddings. Four days prior to the wedding function i.e. 10th January, Asifa was kidnapped. She was wearing a purple dress which recovered before her body.
“Humney yeh nahin socha tha ki hum apni bachchi ko doctor banayenge, teacher banayenge. Humney itni badi soch rakhi nahin thi. Humney to yeh socha tha ki padh jayegi to apney ko dekh legi, apna waqt guzaar legi, rehney ka tariqa aa jayega. Khoobsorat thi, kisi achchey ghar mein chali jaayegi”
She said that they never thought of making her a doctor, a teacher. They only wanted her to become capable of looking after herself. She also added that Asifa was beautiful and could get married into a good family. But they never knew that she’ll become the victim soon.
Asifa’s father said, that no such type of brutality has ever been done to any nomads in Kathua. They used to commute to Kathua from generations. They wanted to get their daughters admitted to schools in Kathua and wanted to live along with Hindus like brothers and sisters.
He added that the accused people were making false allegations like – Nomads we