Kathua Rape Case: Ministers were 'misled' into joining protest march says BJP

Kathua Rape Case: Ministers were 'misled' into joining protest march says BJP

Yolanda Curtis
April 13, 2018

In Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, an eight-year-old girl was repeatedly gangraped and later murdered while in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao a teenager has accused a BJP MLA of raping her and the UP government of inaction on her complaint.

Earlier, when asked what action the party would take against its ministers Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, Lekhi said: "What kind of action should we take if someone comes and says that they were misled?"

He said that the entire Nation is eying on situation arising out of the brutal murder and rape of Asifa, feeling highly concerned about what is going on under PDP BJP rule in the State, fantastic the Senior Cabinet Ministers were hell bent upon to give protection to the culprits under the garb of politics of polarization, he added.

Expressing solidarity with the victim's family, the NC said that it will not cooperate with the state government "until and unless the two erring cabinet ministers are sacked for their unacceptable, abhorrent and criminal behaviour in the light of this tragedy and its politicization". PDP had demanded the resignation of the two ministers. "The J&K police conducted a thorough investigation and have arrested the accused", she said.

The rape and killing of the girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, has become a national issue. Her body was recovered a week later on January 17 in the same area.

An eight-year-old girl was abducted and raped over and over before being horrendously murdered by a group of men in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house on 10 January. "The two BJP ministers were misled by a few people", BJP MP and spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told the media.

A total of eight accused, including a juvenile and two Special Police Officers (SPOs), have been arrested.

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