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Kathua Rape Case: 'Was Asked to Attend Rally by J&K BJP Chief'

Kathua Rape Case: 'Was Asked to Attend Rally by J&K BJP Chief'

Amid the growing anger and protests over the gang rape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, the Women and Child Development Ministry said it would move a notice to amend the POCSO Act and bring in the death penalty for child rape.

According to reports, the state government terminated the services of a sub-inspector, a head constable and two Special Police Officers (SPOs) accused in the gangrape and murder case of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua in January 2018.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the Home portfolio, on Saturday terminated the services of four policemen accused of the crime.

BJP General Secretary and its Kashmir pointsman Ram Madhav, who was here to attend the party's legislature meet, ruled out any threat to the ruling alliance in the wake of the resignations by the two ministers - Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga.

The BJP sent the resignations to the chief minister who in turn will pass it on to Governor N N Vohra for acceptance, PDP leaders said.

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.

Kathua Rape Case: 'Was Asked to Attend Rally by J&K BJP Chief'
Kathua Rape Case: 'Was Asked to Attend Rally by J&K BJP Chief'

"The essence of India's democracy lies in its robust institutions and it has been once again established that these institutions have the grit to ensure justice with all sections of the society cutting across the divide", Mehbooba said while addressing a meeting of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) legislators and leaders here on Saturday. "It was sheer indiscretion on their part", he said.

"We appreciate our alliance partner who helped us in this case".

She said the unfortunate incident changed the discourse and brought the people of the state and the rest of the country together.

To a question that the two ministers had participated in the rally in support of the accused in the rape case where the national tricolour was being waved, Madhav said, "That is why they had to resign".

Madhav maintained that the two BJP leaders had gone to Kathua in March to pacify the public and also to look into the matter of the gruesome crime.

The body of the Kathua girl was found in Rasana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. They tried to give communal colour to a heinous crime.





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