DEEPIKA Singh Rajawat, who stepped forward to take up the case of Asifa Bano – a Muslim nomad girl who was raped and murdered by Hindu fundamentalists in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, in January 2018, was introduced to the BC Legislature by Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Rachna Singh.
Rajawat came under vicious attack from the supporters of the ruling right-wing Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for coming to the defence of the victim’s family. An undeterred Rajawat worked tirelessly to get the hearing of the case transferred outside the state to ensure a fair trial.
Rajawat, who took a personal risk while taking up the issue, was invited to Canada by Indians Abroad for Pluralist India (IAPI). The IAPI is going to honour her with a medal of courage at a public event on Saturday, May 18 between 2 and 4 p.m. at Surrey Central Library. The brief ceremony will be followed by her speech on the current situation in India.
On Thursday, she was introduced to the Legislature by Singh. The members of the house welcomed Rajawat with a huge applause.
Later, Rajawat met Premier John Horgan outside the legislature. Horgan welcomed her to the legislature on behalf of the people of the province.