Jammu, Nov 30 (Only Kashmir): Days after she was recently removed as counsel from the Kathua rape-and-murder case by the victim Asifa’s father, Deepika Singh Rajawat in a tweet stated that she was forced to vacate the government accommodation besides facing harassment at the hands of concerned officials.
“Facing harassment at the hands of concerned officials, as I am being forced to vacate government accommodation given in June 2018. Had, I been having means to do it, I would have done it without their telling me. Seeking indulgence of higher ups”, tweeted Rajawat.
“My allotment was not there because the government collapsed. Everyday people knock at my doors asking to vacate. I have so many things, where will I take them overnight. Because of this I am not able to concentrate on my work”, she said.
Facing harassment at the hands of concerned officials, as I am being forced to vacate govt accommodation given in June 2018.
Had, I been having means to do it, I would have done it without their telling me. Seeking indulgence of higher ups..@MehboobaMufti @ShekharGupta
— Deepika Singh Rajawat (@DeepikaSRajawat) November 29, 2018
Pertinently, earlier this month Rajawat was removed as advocate on record for Kathua case in the trial court at Pathankot in Punjab. The victim’s father noted that he was satisfied with the progress of the case dealt by the prosecution lawyers including SS Basra, Jagdishwar Kumar Chopra and others.
As a lawyer of Kathua victim, Deepika faced life threats on several occasions, while as a number of world renowned celebrities including Emma Watson came into support of Deepika Singh Rajwat.
Rajawat was given government accommodation on directions of the then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in April this year. The accommodation was given as a part of security cover.
“How strange – a young woman who stood against the storm of barbarity to defend the little girl is being forced to vacate the government accommodation. Much needed intervention by His Exceloncy J&K governor for her safety and security”, Mehbooba Mufti said in a tweet.
Asifa was kidnapped from Rasana village of Kathua on January 10. According to investigations, she was drugged and held captive for a week before being murdered and raped.