Kathua Rape Case: Celebrities protest on Social Media

Henrietta Brewer
April 16, 2018

Citing the BJP's decision to remove two of its Jammu and Kashmir ministers, who had joined the public protests against the probe, Union minister Prakash Javadekar wondered if Congress president Rahul Gandhi would only point fingers at others but maintain silence on the comments of his party's Jammu and Kashmir unit chief.

Hundreds of people participated in protest marches and candlelight vigils across the country over increasing incidents of rape and atrocities on women, Dalits and minorities. I was threatened yesterday that "we will not forgive you".

Massive protest held in New Delhi's parliament Street on Sunday after major outrage over the rape cases involving minors in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao.

Rajawat is an advocate in Jammu who took up the case of the eight-year-old Bakarwal girl who was raped and murdered in January. The two ministers were present in the rally in support of the rape-accused where the tricolour was also waved.

After the matter came to light when the victim tried to immolate herself outside Adityanath's residence in Lucknow on April 8 alleging police inaction for almost an year, criticism against the state government has mounted.

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. More disturbingly, the entire motive of this ghastly crime appears to be the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim shepherd community of Bakerwals to which the little girl happened to belong.

Deepika S Rajawat, the counsel of Kathua rape and murder victim's family, on Sunday claimed threat to her life.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has lauded the country's political leadership, judiciary, media and the civil society for standing with the J&K Government to ensure justice in the Kathua rape and murder case, saying that it will go a long way in restoring the people's confidence in the institutions. The incident happened while she was on her way to the court, she said. She is also chairperson and founder of an NGO, Voice for Rights, which works among underprivileged women and children.

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