India arrest politician in alleged rape case as outrage mounts
16 April, 2018, 11:55 | Author: Edward Snyder
Kathua: In yet another unprecedented move, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, wrote to the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday, requesting to set up of a special fast track court to try the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.
She also ridiculed him for breaking his silence with just two lines, but not a word on involvement of his own BJP leaders in the two rape cases in the news, one its MLA and another its two ministers.
An eight-year-old girl in Kathua, belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe in the district, was sedated time and again before being raped and killed.
"They have resigned because of the way the entire thing has been presented across the country".
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister had expressed her displeasure and asked BJP to remove ministers Chandra Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh from their positions.
Ruling partner in the coalition with BJP, Peoples Democratic Party on Friday made it clear that there was no threat to alliance following Tassaduq Mufti candid admission about the failure of the government in various fronts. The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17 - almost a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.
"The charge that the two ministers were pro-rapist is absolutely wrong". The party is also looking at the possibility of inducting BJP state president Sat Sharma, who is completing his three-year term in December. It is incorrect to say that the BJP leaders tried to influence the investigations. "Abdul Gani Kohli (minister) was sent to the house of the victim, so that an ugly situation was not created", Lal told reporters. This we have told the government already.
"There is no trouble in the BJP-PDP alliance". Locals, the report added, said that this had been done due to the alleged role of BJP functionaries in increasing number of rapes and crime against women. What kind of investigation are they doing. The Congress party is behind the agitations in Jammu. "On Saturday night, about a dozen of youths riding two different SUV reached the village and threatened the villagers to leave the village either or keep mum when the police quiz them", he alleged.
On the Congress' charge of the BJP being insensitive not only in Kathua rape case but also in the Unnao rape case, the BJP leader said, "The Congress is trying to politicize the issue".
Opposition parties National Conference and the Congress had demanded that Mufti should sack the two ministers.
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Lekhi said: "In Kathua rape case, a fair probe is going on and strictest action has been demanded against the culprits". He appealed the party leaders to observe fast in their respective constituencies along with a large number of people.
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