Kathua rape case: Govt plans security to protect nomadic tribes

Mae Love
April 15, 2018

Both Ganga and Singh had participated in a rally on March 1 after the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested the nephew of a caretaker of a "Devisthan" (temple) in connection with the kidnapping and rape of the little girl. The minor girl who was brutally raped and murdered belong to one such nomadic tribe of the State.

"Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered".

The girl from nomad Muslim Bakarwal community was abducted from Kathua's Rasana village in January. Jammu & Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti has asked Jammu and Kashmir HC to eastablish special fast track court for the Kathua rape case.

"We, including the BJP which is in the government, will ensure justice for the girl and punishment for the culprits", he said. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also told reporters: "Kathua rape victim's family should get justice".

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Shouting slogans 'Asifa hum sharminda hain tere Qatil zinda hain (Asifa we're ashamed that your murderers are alive), people from all four communities assembled at Tallab Khatikan and demanded that the perpetrators of this heinous crime should be hanged. Contrary to expectations that Lekhi, herself a woman woman a Supreme Court lawyer, would condemn the role of her party's two ministers, who had attended the rally taken out by Hindu Ekta Manch in support of the Kathua rapists.

Mehbooba Mufti also chaired a meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators and senior ministers in Srinagar. Amnesty International said the "disgraceful" attempts by lawyers and right-wing groups to obstruct the investigation showed "how deep the bigotry around this case runs". Her body was found later in the forest, strangled, near the temple.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that such incidents could not be part of any civilized society. In Bengaluru, people are being urged to come out on the streets and make fellow citizens aware of just why they need to be furious, if they aren't already. "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.

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