Kathua rape case: Resignations of J&K BJP ministers accepted

Kathua rape case: Resignations of J&K BJP ministers accepted

The saffron party has also demanded that Congress president Rahul Gandhi sack Mir. "Because of Mir sahab's demand that there was some progress, action in the case", Congress leader Pawan Khera told reporters in Delhi.

The members of Bakerwal community protested in Srinagar, demands shifting of the trial from Kathua in rape and murder case.

"This is an old video. I feel pity on those politicians who issue statements on a daily basis, but are mum from last three months", EJAC general secretary said. The lawmaker and his brother was arrested in the case of assault.

Sanji Ram is among the eight arrested, along with his son Vishal Jangotra and his nephew, all of whom, according to the police, raped the girl.

Javadekar and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also referred to an incident, in which some people, sporting saffron "gamcha" and wielding swords, raised provocative slogans in front of a mosque here during a Ram Navami procession.

The political storm triggered by gruesome rape and murder of 8-year-old nomadic girl took a new turn as BJP's two embattled Ministers tendered resignation before the party and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti assured fast-tracking judicial process to bring the perpetrators of the crime to justice.

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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". Mehbooba Mufti's party, the People's Democratic Party, has termed the resignation of two BJP ministers as a confidence-building measure that would strengthen the alliance. This has not gone down well with the residents of Kerala, who are inundating her Facebook page with anti-BJP messages. Later on they marched through the market chanting slogans against BJP, criminals and against Jammu Bar Association.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nirupam said the PM had been silent on the two incidents for the "longest time" and he now needed to spell out clearly to the nation what he meant to do to ensure that justice was done in both cases.

One, the immediate dismissal of the Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for protecting a rapist and for abetting the death in police custody of the father of the rape victim in Unnao.

Veteran lawyer Deepika Rajawat, who is appearing in the Jammu & Kashmir High Court on behalf of the Kathua rape-murder victim's family, alleged threat to her life from the supporters of the accused.

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. The crime branch of the J&K police after completing investigations into the gory incident filed two separate charge sheets in the court of Kathua's CJM despite resistance shown by local lawyers.

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