Asifa was kidnapped and held captive from a village in Jammu's Kathua district on January 10. For seven days, she was sedated, starved and gang-raped and finally she was murdered. her head was bashed with a stone to ensure that she was dead. The body of the Asifa, from the Bakarwal community, was recovered from Rassana forest in Kathua on 17 January, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. Local policemen attempted to shield the suspects and destroyed evidence. But when arrests were made, the Mufti Mehbooba government ordered the case to the crime branch. That is when the horror story started unfolding. It turned out that the gang-rape was a tactic to drive out a Muslim nomad community to which the child belonged from a Hindu-dominated area. Police have arrested eight men, including a retired government official, four police officers and a juvenile in connection with Asifa's death.
According to the investigators, Asifa was confined in a local temple for several days and given sedatives that kept her unconscious. The charge sheet alleges that she was "raped for days, tortured and then finally murdered". She was strangled to death and then hit on the head twice with a stone. Sanji Ram, a 60-year-old retired government officer, an activists of Hindu Ekta munch allegedly planned the crime with the help of police officers Surender Verma, Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Mr Khajuria and bribed 1.5 lakh to SI Anand Dutta and 1.5 lakh to Tilak Raj to shield him by destroying evidences. Hindu Right wing activists disrupted funeral of Asifa, protests were conducted on behalf of the accused by BJP and Hindu Ekta Munch and lawyers of Jammu Bar Association which also tried to disrupt the filing of charge sheet against the accused reveal the role of BJP and Hindu right wing groups in this murder. Two BJP MLA who defended the accused was later resigned from the state cabinet.