The rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa in Kathua is one of the most macabre, gruesome crimes in a long list of atrocities against women in India. Such incidents have become a daily nightmare, and some reactions make us wonder if we are descending into an archaic tribalism.
It is shocking that some found a chance to play politics and inject religion into this crime that stirred the nation’s psyche. The PM was right when he said the incident had shamed the whole country. After Modi proclaimed that none would be spared, two BJP ministers in the J&K government (both recent Congress defectors), who’d defended the accused, lost their jobs.