The rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Kashmir has divided India along religious lines like never before. While the secular fabric of this nation has always been held together very thin, the current low in the political debate, and that includes all political parties, has now dragged the issue to a new low.
People participate in a protest against rapes in Amritsar on April 17, 2018. (Reuters)
Indian women shout slogans during a protest against recent incidents of rape, in Ahmadabad, India, Friday, April 13, 2018. In 2012, the fatal gang rape of a young woman in the heart of India's capital moved Indians to take to the streets to demand stricter rape laws. But the gang rape and killing of a Muslim girl in Kathua has seen far different protests: members of a radical Hindu group have marched to demand the release of the six men accused of repeatedly raping the girl inside a Hindu temple. (AP)
No party is today willing to come out and publicly acknowledge the fact that the rape of an innocent child has religious and political overtones written all over it. (AFP)