Mehbooba for fast tracking Kathua rape case hearing

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2018

Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that her government will not allow the law to be obstructed, and justice will be delivered to the 8-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Kathua district of Jammu in January.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that such incidents could not be part of any civilized society.

The two BJP ministers, from the PDP-BJP alliance, tendered their resignations to Sat Sharma due to mounting pressure from opponents. "What kind of investigation are they doing".

"Yes, there has been indiscretion and it is for this that they chose to step down", he told reporters after the BJP legislature party meeting.

"We held discussions on it and their resignation will be sent to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister today", the BJP general secretary said.

Talking collectively about the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, PM Modi said, " The incidents in the past two days are an embarrassment to the civilised society. The lawyer-politician has considerably weakened her own claims that she and her party stood resolute in ensuring the dignity and safety of women.

No threat to PDP-BJP alliance, says Ram Madhav
Madhav informed that the police officers who were involved in destroying the evidence of the case had also been arrested. Mehbooba Mufti also chaired a meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators and senior ministers in Srinagar.

Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said: "It is now for the court to decide".

Mehbooba Mufti is in Srinagar to meet party legislators and senior ministers to discuss the future course of action on the case.

He said a perception was created by the opposition, particularly Congress, that the two BJP leaders were "pro-rapists" and were trying to hamper the investigation.

In Unnao, a 17-year-old has accused the BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her with his accomplices in 2017.

"We appreciate our alliance partner who helped us in this case. They are playing politics over the issues", Lekhi said. "That is also a confidence-building measure".

PDP came out with a strong statement blaming the Centre and "hawkish and communal" elements in the BJP for failing the objective of the alliance between the two parties in the state. The involved policemen, Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj, have also been arrested and named in the chargesheet by the police crime branch, along with Sanji, his son Vishal Jangotra, his juvenile nephew, Special Police Officer (SPO) Deepak Khajuria, and Parvesh Kumar.

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