Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Kathua rape case: Mehbooba Mufti accepts resignations of BJP ministers

Kathua rape case: Mehbooba Mufti accepts resignations of BJP ministers

The PM added, "Incidents being discussed since past two days can not be part of a civilised society".

Her defence for the BJP ministers has also raised plenty of questions on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement terming the incidents of Kathua and Unnao 'an insult to all those who've sacrificed their lives for the country'.

"It's an insult to freedom fighters who gave their lives for the independence of this country". "The way the people of this country adopted [the girl], the way they raised their voice, the way they helped us uphold the credibility of the investigation..." Complete justice will be done. "We all will have to join hands and remove this evil from the society".

Her attackers, which included temple official and policemen, drugged and gang raped her over days before finally killing her and dumping her body in a forest nearby, seven days later. The residents of Rasana village had also migrated to Hiranagar as a protest and blocked a road against the People's Democratic Party-BJP government alleging harassment.

United Nations (UN) chief Antonio Guterres has condemned the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district and has expressed hope of perpetrators being punished.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the Home portfolio, terminated the services of a sub-inspector, a head constable and two Special Police Officers (SPOs) accused in the crime.

PDP leader and state minister Naeem Akhtar said the party appreciated the "support and solidarity" that people have shown for the eight-year-old Kathua girl. Union minister Maneka Gandhi has said that her ministry will bring an amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on death penalty for rape of children below 12 years of age. Lekhi must explain what took it so long for the two ministers to correct their mistakes if indeed they were misled. "Migration had taken place".

The incident came to light after the victim tried to set herself ablaze outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence on Sunday. He was brutally thrashed by the MLA's brother Atul Singh and died while in custody.

Jammu: The Jammu Bar Association on Saturday sought compensation and security for the Kathua rape and murder victim's family.

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