BJP ministers, who supported Kathua rape case accused, resign

Alfred Osborne
April 13, 2018

BJP Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state cabinet ministers Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Parkash Ganga, who attended the march in favour of the accused in the Kathua Rape Case, quit the J&K Cabinet. 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 two ministers had participated in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch to support accused in Kathua rape-and-murder case.

"The murder of the eight -year-old girl was shocking".

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". The Bar Association of Jammu was also putting pressure on the woman lawyer representing the prosecution not to take up the case against the accused and it showed what kind of "hateful politics" was being practised, Lekhi said. She was abducted on January 10 and was later strangled to death on January 14.

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The Assam rape and murder had happened in the last week of March.

Stressing on the unhappy alliance, he stated that we are supposed to be partners in restoring this place, but due to non-fulfilling of commitments, "we have ended up being partners in a crime that an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood".

A total of eight accused, including a juvenile and two Special Police Officers (SPOs), have been arrested. He was an accused in an Arms Act case.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nandkumar Singh Chauhan has said that Hindus number less than 1 per cent of the population in Indian-held Kashmir, reported Financial Express. She said people who were raising the issue of two rapes cases in Unnao and Kathua were silent on this incident.

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