Protests break out across the country over Kathua, Unnao rape cases

Activists of National Panther party burn tyres and shout slogans during a protest in support of various demands including deportation of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi nationals from Jammu and a CBI probe into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl

Activists of National Panther party burn tyres and shout slogans during a protest in support of various demands including deportation of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi nationals from Jammu and a CBI probe into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl

"Sometimes lack of discretion does not tantamount of any guilt.that has led to certain misconceptions about them (two ministers) also, so they decided they will quit as ministers", Madhav responded when he was asked about a pointed question that the two ministers had termed the action of the crime branch as "jungle raj" and warned police from arresting anyone.

On Friday the Supreme Court took a serious note of lawyers of the Jammu bar association obstructing the judicial process in the case and initiated a case on its own accord saying such impeding of the process of law "affects the delivery of justice". The acts of rape and murder of women are a blot on our democracy and if we can't give justice to that 17-year-old girl or to the deceased eight-year-old girl then we are not a democratic and republic country and our treatment of women is not much different from other third world countries.

"It was after my statement, the main accused and mastermind, Sanji Ram, and others were arrested".

The girl's body was found a week after she disappeared from near home in January.

Others who have been arrested include Special Police Officers Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar, a Rasana resident Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Sub-inspector of Police Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj.

According to the police charge sheet, the gang rape was committed to scare the nomadic Muslim community and force them into fleeing the Hindu dominated district. Meanwhile, another case was reported in Unnao of Uttar Pradesh where a BJP MLA is a prime suspect. In Kathua, politicians came out in support of the accused.


Stressing the urgency of responding to the challenges in Jammu and Kashmir through tangible political measures before the crisis degenerates into a catastrophe, Mehbooba said the people of J&K, irrespective of their age, gender, status or political affiliation, had been suffering the disastrous consequences of the political uncertainties plaguing the state. She has also chose to make a new law which will make death penalty mandatory for raping of any minor in J&K.

"It is only by awarding capital punishment to perpetrators of such heinous crime that incidents like Kathua rape and murder can be prevented in future", the former chief minister said.

Ms Mufti received resignations of ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga from BJP state chief Sat Sharma in the morning and forwarded them to governor N.N. Vohra, officials said.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is held by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.

People congregated at the Chhatrapati Shivaji statue on Juhu beach to hold a candlelight protest for justice for the victims.

Some Kashmiri groups in Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting against Indian rule for independence, or for unification with neighboring Pakistan.

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