Kathua, Unnao rape cases: PM Modi says victims will get justice

15 April 2018, 12:43 | Santos Harmon

Protesters block Jammu Pathankot highway at Kathua during the Jammu bandh

Protesters block Jammu Pathankot highway at Kathua during the Jammu bandh

Jammu: Two BJP ministers who had attended a rally in support of the accused in Kathua rape and murder case on Friday resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

Sources told GNS that the minister for Forests Choudary Lal Singh and Industries Minister Chander Prakash submitted their resignations before the party president. The party will take a call on it tomorrow, Sat Shama told GNS.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and party In-Charge of Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav accused the Congress party of politicising the Kathua rape case.

He said the two BJP leaders had visited the Hindu Ekta Manch rally to clam down the people and clear misgiving about the investigations.

However, the fate of the PDP-BJP alliance in the state, which is already on shaky ground, is still not clear as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is scheduled to hold a high-level meeting on Saturday to decide the future of the alliance, they said.

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The party will now review their applications for resignation and decide whether to let the ministers resign or not.

On opposition National Conference demand for shifting the case out of Kathua, Akhtar said, "Whenever it is felt, the state government along with the court will take whatever steps are needed to provide uninterrupted and unobstructed justice". I see that as a confidence building measure. On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the Crime Branch which formed a special investigation team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable.

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.

The infamous Kathua Rape Case involves the inhumane rape of Asifa by multiple men inside the Devasthan prayer hall before she was strangled to death to allegedly "dislodge" a group of Bakherwal Muslim nomads from the Rasana village in Kathua.



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