Mehbooba Mufti accepts resignations of BJP ministers who supported Kathua rape accused

Nirmal Singh

The brutal gang-rape and murder of an 8-year old Muslim Gujjar girl (nomadic tribe community) in Kathua District by 8 persons (spread over four days) in January at a local temple has shocked the conscience of the entire nation.

Jammu: The family of the eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua has made a decision to request the Supreme Court to transfer the trial to another state.

Earlier, defending themselves, the two ministers had said that they were trying to ease the Hindus who had been protesting over the demographic mix in Jammu due to the settlement of Rohingyas and Bakarwal community members.

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BJP general secretary Ram Madhav flew to Jammu on Saturday morning and held consultations with senior party leaders as well as MLAs and MLCs to discuss the situation in the state.

Resigned Jammu and Kashmir Minister Chander Parkash Ganga on Saturday revealed that he went to attend the Kathua rally organised in support of the "rapists" of an eight-year-old girl on BJP's instructions.

The BJP sent the resignations to the chief minister who in turn will pass it on to Governor N N Vohra for acceptance, PDP leaders said.

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Amid allegations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was purposeful in his silence on the issue, Modi said that the incidents of rape in Kathua in J&K and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh had brought humiliation to the country. "Intolerance and hate are hitting at the country's core values and posing a great threat to the pluralism, the only option for achieving the goals India has set out", she said and added that India comprises a composite culture and no one has domination in it. "I want to thank people of Jammu for standing united against the gory crime", she said.

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

According to reports, the two BJP ministers had gone to the place of agitation at Rasana in Kathua and had attended a meeting in support of the accused to demand a CBI probe in the matter.

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To a question that the two ministers had participated in the rally in support of the accused in the rape case where the national tricolour was being waved, Madhav said, "That is why they had to resign". Her attackers, which included temple official and policemen, drugged and gangraped her over days before finally killing her and dumping her body in a forest nearby, seven days later.

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