BJP ministers, who supported Kathua rape case accused, resign

Two BJP ministers, who supported Kathua gangrape accused, resign

Two BJP ministers, who supported Kathua gangrape accused, resign

Two BJP ministers, who were at the centre of a storm over their participation in a rally in support of the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, on Friday submitted their resignations to the party's state president Sat Sharma. The two were under fire for participating in rallies supporting the rape accused.

"The Core Group expressed solidarity with the victim's family and resolved that the party will not cooperate with the state government until and unless the two erring Cabinet ministers are sacked for their unacceptable, abhorrent and criminal behavior in the light of this tragedy and its politicisation", he said. PDP had demanded the resignation of the two ministers.

"The lesson for them is allow the law to take its own course before opening your mouth", Lekhi said.


A minor girl, belonging to the nomadic Bakherwal Muslim community, was abducted from near her home in the forests next to Rassana village Hiranagar tehsil in Kathua district on January 10. 12 years old [was] raped and burnt with petroleum. A week later, her body was found in the same area, and medical examination pointed towards sexual assault.

Stressing on the unhappy alliance, he stated that we are supposed to be partners in restoring this place, but due to non-fulfilling of commitments, "we have ended up being partners in a crime that an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood". Lekhi also accused the Congress, whose president Rahul Gandhi had last night led a candlelight march here in protest against the growing incidents of crime against women in the country, of "picking and choosing" and said the opposition party had not protested in a similar manner against the Assam case or the 2012 gangrape case in Delhi.

A total of eight accused, including a juvenile and two Special Police Officers (SPOs), have been arrested.

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