On 10th January 2018, an 8-year old girl named Asifa Bano was abducted, raped and murdered brutally in Rasana village near Kathua in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.
According to police report, 8 men abducted her and tortured her for 7 days till her body which was discovered on 17th January 2018 in a dismal condition. A complaint was lodged by Asifa’s father Mohammed Yusuf on 12th January.
Forensic evidence suggested that she had been held for several days and had been raped multiple times by different men, and that she had been strangled to death, as well as hit in the head with a heavy stone.
When the charges were filed in April, a widespread protest hit the nation and demands of capital punishment for the criminals were voiced. The city of Kolkata also showed their compassion and voiced against the heinous. From students to seniors from every part of society joined hands in demand of capital punishment for the criminals.
I was there documenting it all. Kolkata, known as City of Joy, when time demanded became a City in Protest.
Various NGO’s joined and took to the streets with banners and slogans to protest against the atrocities that happened against Asifa Bano.
The incident resulted in widespread anger across Jammu and Kashmir with few people trying to gain some ulterior motive in the name of politics and religion. Kolkata showed the exception where people, irrespective of gender and religion, came together in protest against the hypocrisy and mal practice that were happening in J&K. Students organised a torch march through the city demanding punishment against the accused.
As the judgement is still pending, I pray for justice to prevail.
Debarchan is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Kolkata, currently working as a freelance photojournalist for various national and international agencies. From the very first day of clicking pictures, human interest attracted him the most. Going about the streets of his own city and documenting its people, its conflict, its issues in social as well as political front, he loved documenting each and every emotion involved with it. He has been in this genre for past 3 years with various publications for Getty, Alamy, Nat geo, Creative image, 121clicks etc. He is also a contributing photographer to the coffee table book on Kolkata. He loves taking untold stories of his city to the world.
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