BJP MP who blamed Pak for Kathua rape cries foul

Posted April 15, 2018

As people across India has launched a nationwide stir to seek justice for the eight-year-old who was brutally gang-raped and then murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, the United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has also condemned the incident and has said the minor's perpetrators should be punished for the crime.

According to reports, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had expressed her displeasure and asked BJP to remove Ministers Chandra Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh from their positions.

Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter to condemn the inhuman incident of rape.

Senior PDP Minister Naeem Akhtar has said "the party's rank and file was finding it hard to work in an atmosphere where such crass communalism is being practised by the Ministers", while referring to the two BJP leaders.

"There is no question of any pressure".

In his first comments on the gruesome incidents, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday called them as a "shame" for the country and asserted that the guilty will not be spared and daughters will get justice.

Earlier on Friday, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi came out in defence of the two ministers. "There was never any confusion on this principled stand of the party".

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The spokesman said that it was reiterated in the meeting that demanding CBI investigation into the case doesn't tantamount to shielding the real accused. The two ministers had on March 1 participated in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch, a fringe right-wing group, to support the accused in the case.

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

"Like millions of Indians, my heart hurts tonight", Gandhi wrote on Twitter after addressing an estimated crowd of 5,000 people at the event. "That is also a confidence-building measure".

On 23 January, the government had handed over the case to the Crime Branch of the state police which formed a special investigation team and arrested eight people including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable.

"Heartening to see the Supreme Court take cognisance of the attempted obstruction of justice by some lawyers in the brutal Kathua rape and murder case reminding us once again of the greatness of this nation", she said.

The attack took place in January, but the details were only released by police this week.

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