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Real Name Asifa Bano
Date of Birth Year, 2010
Birthplace Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Date of Death 13 January 2018 (body was found on 17 January 2018)
Place of Death Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Age (at the time of death) 8 Years
Death Cause Killed after Gang Rape
Hometown Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir, India
School Not Known
Caste/Community Bakarwal (Muslim nomadic shepherds called Gujjars)
Parents Father- Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala (Foster), Muhammad Akhtar (Biological)
Asifa’s Father Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala
Mother- Naseema Bibi (Foster)
Asifa’s Mother Naseema Bibi
Siblings Brother- Not Known
Sisters- 2 (both were step sisters who died in an accident)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Asifa Bano
Asifa Bano was an 8-year-old girl from Kathua district in Jammy & Kashmir. Asifa’s House
In January 2018, Asifa made headlines after she was brutally gang-raped and murdered, while grazing her horses in a meadow near her home.
Asifa was a Bakarwal, a nomadic tribe of Jammu & Kashmir who move along with their livestock and spend summers at high altitude and winters in the plains.
Asifa was adopted by Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala on the insistence of his wife Naseema Bibi, as the couple had lost their two daughters in an accident some years ago. Asifa was the daughter of Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala’s brother-in-law, Muhammad Akhtar.
They adopted Asifa in 2010 and named her Asifa. At that time, Asifa was 2-year-old.
Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala settled near Rasana village in Kathua district about 10-12 winters ago, a region where Bakarwals have been facing opposition from local Dogra Hindus; on the pretext of changing the demography of Hindu-majority Jammu by Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley. It was this hatred and suspicion, which consumed the life of 8-year-old Asifa. Rasana Kathua
To scare Bakarwals, Sanji Ram, a 60-year-old retired revenue officer (Patwari) hatched a plan to abduct Asifa and kill her to instil fear among the Bakarwal community. Sanji Ram
According to the charge sheet filed by the J&K Police, Sanji Ram took SPO Deepak Khajuria and his juvenile nephew in confidence. Deepak Khajuria Kathua Rape Accused
On 7 January 2018, Sanji Ram asked his nephew to kidnap Asifa, who often used to graze her horses in a forest near Sanji Ram’s house.
On 8 January 2018, juvenile shared the plan of Asifa’s abduction with his friend Parvesh Kumar (Mannu).
On 9 January 2018, juvenile, along with Mannu, bought local doping substance and sedative tablets.
On 10 January 2018, juvenile and his uncle Sanji Ram spotted Asifa enquiring a woman about her ponies. Juvenile and Mannu told Asifa they had seen the ponies and led Asifa to the jungle, where juvenile drugged Asifa and raped her. Mannu too tried to rape her. Then, they locked her in a temple caretaken by Sanji Ram. Kathua Forest
On 11 January 2018, Asifa’s parents enquired Sanji Ram about their missing girl. Ram led astray them and told them she might have gone to some relative’s home. The same day, juvenile called Sanji Ram’s son Vishal Jangotra, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture in Meerut, and asked if he wanted to rape her.
As the news spread in the area, Bakarwals staged protests, forcing police to assign two officers to search Asifa. One of those who was assigned, Deepak Khajuria, was himself involved in the crime.
On 12 January 2018, Vishal reached Rasana from Meerut.
On 13 January 2018, Vishal and his father Sanji ram, juvenile, and Mannu went to the temple, where Vishal and juvenile, both raped Asifa, turn-by-turn, all the day. In the evening, Sanji Ram told them it was time to kill her. Vishal, Mannu and the juvenile took Asifa to a culvert. SPO Deepak Khajuria also reached there and told them he too wanted to rape her before she was killed. After Deepak raped Asifa, the juvenile raped her again. After the gang-rape, Deepak strangulated Asifa with her stole. Then, juvenile hit Asifa twice on the head with a stone. Kathua Culvert
On 15 January 2018, they dumped her body in the jungle.
On 17 January 2018, Asifa’s body was found by a local. Asifa’s Dead Body
When Asifa’s parents and relatives went to bury her in a graveyard, Hindu right-wing activists threatened them with violence if they were to continue with the burial, as they thought it would pollute their Hindu-land with Asifa’s Muslim body. Asifa’s Funeral
On 23 January 2018, the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, ordered an investigation by the J&K crime branch.
Asifa’s foster mother Naseema Bibi describes Asifa as a “chirping bird” who ran like a “deer.” When they travelled, she looked after the herd.