Kathua rape and murder: BJP ministers, who supported accused, resign

Thousands of people protested against the brutal rape cases in Kathua and Unnao in Mumbai

Thousands of people protested against the brutal rape cases in Kathua and Unnao in Mumbai

The Mehbooba Mufti government is under pressure to sack two BJP ministers who have publicly opposed the arrest of suspects in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu. It is after almost three months that the gory incident has evoked widespread outrage across the country with strong voices being raised by political leaders, social activists, civil society groups and Bollywood celebrities for awarding severe punishment to the perpetrators of the crime.

The minor girl from the Bakerwal community was kidnapped on January 10; taken to a temple in Rasana village in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

"I want to assure the nation that no criminal will be spared".

Former Minister for Forest Chaudhary Lal Singh and Minister for Commerce and Industries Chander Prakash Ganga had attended a rally organized by the Hindu Ekta Manch, which was held in favour of the accused.

The BJP minister had said the "illegal detention" of local youths in the garb of investigation had shaken the faith of people in the police and administrative set-up.

President Rajinder Bazar Association, Atul Raj Pal said, "Let us not get divided over Aasifa case".

Citing jammu as a model of inclusiveness Mehbooba praises role of people

On party's decision to send two of its ministers, Singh and Ganga to address rally in Hiranagar, Kaul said, "Party sent them there to talk to people. They heard us and went back to their homes", he said.

He called for a candlelight vigil in Delhi demanding justice in the Kathua rape and murder case and Unnao rape case - both in states where the BJP is in power.

A group of advocates in the Supreme Court on Friday urged the Chief Justice of India to take cognizance of the conduct of lawyers in Jammu & Kashmir in the Kathua rape case. During the hearing the CJI said that according to law, no lawyer or association should not stop any lawyer from appearing for the victim or accused.

Soon after, advocate Vijay Sharma - a practising lawyer and BJP state secretary - was appointed president of the manch.

Reacting strongly to the Kathua rape case, Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Development Minister, said that her ministry will amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act and bring death penalty for those found guilty of raping children aged 12 years or below.

Mehbooba Mufti also chaired a meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators and senior ministers in Srinagar. How can a father conspire with his son to rape and murder a girl for dislodging a community?


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