National Conference expels leader for backing Kathua rape accused

Alonzo Simpson
April 14, 2018

Forest Minister, Choudhary Lal Singh, and Industry and Commerce Minister, Chander Prakash Ganga had participated in a rally held in Kathua on March 3 in support of a Special Police Officer Deepak Khajura and some others arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in the crime.

He said this was decided in a meeting chaired by B S Salathia yesterday, in which measures were discussed to intensify the ongoing agitation.

Last month, Chouhan had triggered controversy by saying that people's representatives were compelled to protect criminals. We will not allow this jungle raj, under which they (police) are picking up people at will, to continue.

United Nations (UN) chief Antonio Guterres termed the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district as "horrific" and hoped that the accused are duly punished for the crime. The residents of Rasana village had also migrated to Hiranagar as a protest and blocked a road against the PDP-BJP government alleging harassment. I have never done politics for power. "Everybody is equal for me", Lal said. People all over the country, and Bollywood celebs have taken to social media to show their support and demand #JusticeForAsifa.

According to police charges, the minor from the nomad Bakerwal community was kidnapped on January 10.

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Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said: "It is now for the court to decide". They will cover it for some days and later when things cool down they will disappear. The case is being presented as a Hindu-Muslim story by the BJP so that at the national level, it is made to look like the Hindus in Jammu are in danger and the BJP needs to be brought back to the power to save them. They are demanding a CBI probe in rape and murder of the 8-year-old girl.

A new radical Hindu group called Hindu Ekta Manch, backed by BJP ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti government, Right-wing fringe elements, lawyers and bar associations have come together to communalise and politicise the crime.

The HEM, Sharma said is wrongly been projected as communal platform, which is a big lie.

Reacting strongly to the Kathua rape case, Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Development Minister, said that her ministry will amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act and bring death penalty for those found guilty of raping children aged 12 years or below.

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