The murder of an eight-year-old Kathua girl on Friday sparked protests by the members of opposition parties in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative assembly for the second consecutive day.
Muhammad Yousuf Pujwara, Asifa's father, said there were torture marks on her face and body. The girl had gone missing on January 10 after she had left the house in Rasana village to take the horses and mules to the ditch.
The family and the relatives of the girl staged a protest in the locality, demanding swift investigation into the case and the arrest of the culprits.
He said on Wednesday morning, they were shocked when a man called them to say that a girl's body was lying at the place where he was grazing cattle. The victim's family alleged that she was raped and thrashed before she was done to death.
The parents of the girl had lodged a missing persons report in the Hiranagar police station when she did not return home, they said.ï¿½.
The opposition NC and the Congress raised the issue in the assembly and staged a walkout alleging Jammu wasn't safe for minorities under PDP-BJP government.
She wrote on social networking site, Twitter, "Outraged by the heinous incident in which a young Bakerwal girl has lost her life".
Amid "Laadli beti ko, insaaf do; Sharam karo, sharam karo" slogans led by MLA Nubra, Deldan Namgyal, Parliamentary Affairs minister, Abdul Rehman Veeri - after discussions with ministers Nirmal Singh and Altaf Bukhari - told the house: "an inquiry at the level of magistrate or DC will be held and anyone found guilty will be taken to task". Subsequently, the police formed a Special Investigation Team to investigate the incident "We have filed a First Information Report".