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Netizens react to Kathua rape and murder case verdict, call it ‘victory of truth’

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By Ovais Gull

Srinagar: Soon after six person accused in Kathua rape and murder of a nomadic girl from Rassana were convicted by the Pathankot Court today, the netizens expressed hope over the judiciary, demanding exemplary punishment to the guilty.

The netizens on social media including Facebook and Twitter here have welcomed the court verdict, terming it as a victory of truth.

Not only the people from Jammu and Kashmir but the people across the country hailed the verdict. The denizens include former Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid, Member of Parliament (MP) from Ghaziabad Vijay Kumar Singh who is also former Army chief, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, prominent journalist Barkha Dutt and others.

V K Singh in a tweet said that the verdict give him a home that such brutalities won’t go unpunished.

“Guilty from #Kathua rape-murder case are convicted-it gives me hope that such brutalities will not go unpunished. But it also makes me think of our collective consciousness as a society-why should Kathua or Aligarh happen? Need to educate our boys on how to treat & respect women,” Singh tweeted.

The former DGP J&K said that law of the land prevails. “Law of the land prevails. Justice for Asifa. #Kathua,” S P Vaid tweeted.

The Mirwaiz of Kashmir welcomed the verdict, hoping exemplary punishment against the guilty.

“Welcome the court verdict on the kathua gang rape murder case. I hope that exemplary punishment is given to the culprits,” Mirwaiz wrote on his twitter.

A senior journalist said that system does work. “Justice for Asifa. #Kathua. The system does work,” Barkha Dutt tweeted.

A local youth Ansh Choudhary however said that “we Dogra” should hang our heads in shame that few among our community did that barbarity.

“Sanjhi Ram, Deepak Khajuria, HC Tilak Raj, Anand Dutta and Pravesh convicted in #Kathua case. Today, we as #Dogras should hang our heads in shame that few among our community did that barbarity!” Ansh wrote on social media.

Besides several mainstream politicians including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti and a bureaucrat-turned-politician Shah Faesal welcomed the verdict.

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