UN Chief Antonio Guterres condemns Kathua rape

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2018

On Friday evening, the PM finally broke his silence and assured that "no culprit will be spared, our daughters will definitely get justice".

The issue would be decided in the Legislative Party meeting today.

They were demanding the release of a special police officer (SPO) who was accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl.

CM Mufti wrote to the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, requesting setting up of a special fast track court to try the gang rape and murder of the Kathua victim.

Meanwhile, a meeting of senior leaders of the ruling PDP has been called on Saturday to decide the party's course of action amid BJP ministers' resignation. But Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, had categorically rejected the demand for a CBI probe made by a delegation of BJP ministers which met her in winter capital Jammu later.

Further defending his party leaders, Madhav said that both the leaders went to pacify the crowd gathering to protest against the Kathua incident but were misunderstood to be a "pro-rapists".

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The girl from nomad Muslim Bakarwal community was abducted from Kathua's Rasana village in January.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, said the police have handled the situation competently.

"The unflinching resolve for ensuring justice in this heinous crime will go a long way in restoring people's confidence in the institutions and reinforcing the sense of justice in J&K", she said. "Our names should not be part of judicial record", said the lawyer.

The resignation comes in the backdrop of outrage over their participation in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch to support accused in Asifa rape-and-murder case. Union minister Maneka Gandhi has said that her ministry will bring an amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on death penalty for rape of children below 12 years of age.

Lawyers took to the streets shouting slogans and trying to block the road outside the court where the charge sheets have been filed.

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