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UN Chief condemns Kathua rape

UN Chief condemns Kathua rape

"We are going to discuss this and other issues at our legislature party meeting tomorrow", Sharma said when asked if he was going to forward the resignations to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Sources also said Ram Madhav, who is the BJP in-charge for the state, will visit Jammu on Saturday.

An eight-year-old girl from the Bakherwal community was abducted, raped and murdered in Rassana village in Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua district in January. A group by the name of Hindu Ekta Manch was formed after the arrests of the Police Officers in order to save the accused by communalising the issue.

The protesters raised slogans against Kathua and Jammu Bar Associations and demanded removal of Cabinet Ministers Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga for taking part in a show of force organised by those ranged against the rape victim.

Mufti apprised them of the situation and requested them for their intervention to defuse the political crisis brewing in the state over the Kathua rape case, they said.

Earlier on Friday, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi came out in defence of the two ministers.

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The BJP ministers have tendered their resignations hours after opposition National Conference (NC) warned of launching a civil disobedience movement against the government if it failed to act against two the duo.

The CM has requested the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir high court for establishment of a special fast track court, the first in the state, which will complete trial in the Kathua rape case within 90 days. Her mutilated body was discovered on 17 January in a forest in Rasana.

A special team of the Jammu and Kashmir crime branch has made a case of conspiracy, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, gang rape, murder and destruction of evidence against eight accused.

"It is too hard to sit with the same ministers who have been openly supporting people accused of rape", a senior party leader said on condition of anonymity.

The police however filed the chargesheet despite the resistance by the lawyers.


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