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Kathua case: BJP let its ministers go to save alliance, credibility

Kathua case: BJP let its ministers go to save alliance, credibility

About 50 girls and women belonging to various women's organisations today staged a demonstration here, demanding the Centre to stop recurrence of Kathua and Unnao rape incidents.

The juvenile was shifted by his family three months back to his maternal uncle Shanji Ram's residence, who is a principal accused in the rape and murder case.

The protest movement calls for people in the city to come out on the streets at 1500hrs on Sunday - with banners and posters which show just how outraged they are at the heinous crimes committed in UP's Kathua and Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary in-charge of Jammu & Kashmir Ram Madhav told the media in Jammu that resignations of two BJP ministers have been sent to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for further necessary action.

Mehbooba also wrote to the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking a fast track court in the case.

In Kathua, an eight-year-old was kidnapped, sedated, held captive, gangraped repeatedly for days and murdered brutally in January.

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The participants at the "Not In My Name" protest also sought immediate arrest of the two BJP ministers, who led rallies of Hindu Ekta Manch in Kathua on March 1 in support of the accused in the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl.

The little girl went missing on January 10 and a week later, her body, bearing torture marks and signs of sexual abuse, was recovered on 17 January. Jan said communal amity in the village changed some years back and after the rape and murder of minor girl, none from the majority community in the area visited them to express their condolence or solidarity with the family. After raping her, he wiped her tears and said he'd get her a job. Hussain also opposed vehemently the demand of Jammu lawyers for transfer of the investigations in this case to the CBI.

"The ministers are supporting the rape accused, saying that they are innocent, but they are wrong", he says.

The withdrawal of Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga from the Mehbooba Mufti government followed the BJP brass taking the view that their participation in protests in favour of the accused and the demand for a CBI inquiry was unacceptable because they were a part of the state cabinet.

The Jammu Bar association, which was left red-faced after the Supreme Court's observation, attempted to put a fearless face saying they had full faith in the apex court and said their main demand was for shifting of illegally settled Rohingyas.


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