A non-bailable case has been registered against Vishnu Nandakumar, a Malayali youth who posted content on social media, insulting Asifa Banu, an 8-year-old old Muslim girl who was raped and killed in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. The police was acting upon a complaint filed by Youth Congress leader Shajahan against Nandakumar.
Nandakumar is closely associated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is the brother of BJP State General Secretary A. N. Radhakrishnan and son of E. N. Nandakumar, a BJP leader. He was also active as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Mandal Karyavahak.
Nandakumar had said on social media platform Facebook – ‘Good that she (Asifa) was killed at this age itself, otherwise she would have grown up and come back as a suicide bomber.’
Earlier, due to the outrage over the hateful comments Nandakumar made against Asifa, his employer, Kotak Mahindra Bank, had dismissed him from service. Nandakumar was an assistant manager at Kotak Mahindra Bank’s Palarivattom branch in Kochi.
“It is extremely disheartening to see such comments being made in the aftermath of such tragedy by anyone including an ex-employee. We strongly condemn this statement” Kotak Mahindra Bank had said in a statement announcing Nandakumar’s dismissal.
— Kotak Mahindra Bank (@KotakBankLtd) April 13, 2018
Asifa Banu, an 8 year old Muslim girl was abducted, raped and murdered in Kathua in January. She was drugged and kept captive in a temple where she was repeatedly raped. Her body was abandoned in the forest after the murder. Widespread protests had erupted in the country after things escalated following the arrest of 8 accused in the case. The motive, as per the chargesheet filed by the police and according to one of the accused is stated to be to drive away the Muslim nomadic tribe of Bakerwals from the land owned by Hindus. Following the arrest, right wing Hindu groups had taken out rallies in support of the accused. Among the arrested are two police officers who tried to bury the case. Hindu lawyers of the court had disrupted the filing of the chargesheet and had called for a bandh (shut down).