Kashmir child-rape incident: 2 BJP Ministers quit Mehbooba's cabinet

Kashmir child-rape incident: 2 BJP Ministers quit Mehbooba's cabinet

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.

"To safeguard the interest of Jammu, I will not hesitate to fight the government or meet the prime minister personally and reiterate the demand for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-and-murder case which is the demand of lakhs of people", Ganga told reporters in Jammu on Saturday evening. She said a sense of justice had been reinforced in the state and urged "New Delhi to wake up to the Kashmir cauldron". The chargesheet names Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the Devisthan, a small temple in Rassana village in Kathua, as the mastermind behind the abduction, rape, and killing.

Addressing a Press conference at the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Madhav said the two BJP Ministers tendered their resignation in view of a perception being created.

The HRD minister rued that there had been no gender sensitisation for men in the country for generations, claiming it to be a reason behind the heinous crimes against women, and said, "No amount of condemnation is enough for such incidents".

BJP's J&K president Sat Sharma said that while taking part in the rally could have been the personal decision of the two concerned Ministers, he was of the opinion that they should have refrained from doing so.

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"Such incidents in any part of the country or a state shake humanity".

The organisers held similar countrywide protests in 2017 to raise their voice against increasing incidents of communal violence against minorities.

"I want to thank people of Jammu for standing united against the gory crime", she said.

Some 40 lawyers in Kathua district, located in south of the valley, were charged with criminal offense on Monday when they tried to block the police from entering a courtroom to file a charge sheet in the rape and murder of the eight-year-old. The body of the girl was recovered from the Rassana forest in January, a week after she went missing from the area while grazing horses. Certainly, there was a lack of discretion.

Pointing fingers at others while protecting its own was the character of the Congress party, he alleged. There is also a sharp contrast between the strictly professional manner with which senior officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Police Crime Branch investigated the case in Kathua and the connivance of the state administration in Uttar Pradesh to protect the politically powerful from charges of rape and murder. Sorry to say.We believe that you can't do anything against the criminals. He said the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government in the state had been told to withdraw the directive concerning Tribal with regard to encroachments in Jammu.

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