Kathua rape case: Two BJP ministers resign

BJP MLA Kuldip Singh Sengar speaks to the media outside CM’s office in Lucknow on Monday

Despite resistance by some lawyers, the charge-sheet was filed in the rape case before the Jammu court.

Hours after Jammu and Kashmir minister and Mehbooba Mufti's brother Tassaduq Mufti said that BJP and PDP are partners in crime, two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers in the J&K government submitted their resignation. "They should be punished as per the law", Dr Singh here told UNI. "Now the party legislators are meeting tomorrow to decide the fate of both the ministers", BJP state general secretary Ashok Koul said over the phone.

Defending the investigation by the crime branch, the deputy chief minister said, "Witnesses were brought to the court, and the court was made aware about the probe from time to time".

An eight-year-old girl from the Bakherwal community was abducted, raped and murdered in Rassana village in Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua district in January. A week later, her body was found in the same area.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to the Bar Council of India, Bar Association of Jammu High Court and Bar Association of Kathua court seeking their response, CNN News18 reported. She remarked, "Doesn't this case warrant the national media's attention like the Unnao And Kathua cases?" The government has ordered a magisterial probe in the case. The girl wasn't even given food during her ordeal.

After filing of the case, her father was booked by the police under the arms act on April 3 this year and put in jail on April 5. It was in Nagaon in Assam.

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

The children and women, who were victims of such heinous crimes, had no religion and such "abhorrent politics" should be shunned, the New Delhi MP said.

He said that subsequently the police had to produce the eight accused in the case and submit the charge sheet at the residence of the magistrate.

In connection with the Unnao gangrape case, Meenakshi Lekhi said that strict punishment should be given to the accused and no innocent should be harassed.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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