A candlelight vigil will be held in Surrey’s Holland Park tonight for eight-year-old Asifa Bano.
Bano was a young Muslim girl from a nomadic community that travelled around the forests of Kashmir. Her body was discovered in a wooded area after she was drugged, held captive in a temple, raped for a week, and then beaten to death with a stone in January.
Police arrested eight Hindu men in connection with the attack. The case has sparked religious tensions in India as many Hindu-nationalists have defended the accused.
The case has also captured global attention as people around the world are now demanding justice for Asifa.
The Surrey candlelight vigil will begin at 5:30 pm on April 19.
“Let’s get together to do a peaceful candlelight vigil in Surrey, BC and let’s raise our voices to shake the Indian Government to ensure the culprits of this heinous crime are punished with the most brutal punishment Indian Justice System can offer,” said event organizers on Facebook.
“Let’s all stand in solidarity for Asifa Bano. Beyond religions, beyond sexes, beyond colour – this one is for Humanity! #JusticeforAsifa.”
When: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Where: Holland Park, Surrey
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 pm