Kathua, Unnao rape case: DCW chief on indefinite hunger strike

Chaudhary Lal Singh

Kathua, Unnao rape case: DCW chief on indefinite hunger strike

In Jammu and Kashmir, two BJP ministers who attended a rally in support of the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case April 13 resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet.

Former Minister for Forest Chaudhary Lal Singh and Minister for Commerce and Industries Chander Prakash Ganga had attended a rally organized by the Hindu Ekta Manch, which was held in favour of the accused.

"Taking into consideration the situation and the general perception, the two ministers in consultation with party leaders made a decision to resign from their posts, " said BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav after chairing a meeting of the party leaders in Jammu.

The party sources said that Sharma has convened an emergency meeting of the party legislators including ministers and seniors leaders in Jammu on Saturday to discuss the issue.

Breaking his silence on the rape-murder of a minor in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of another in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday promised justice and said the incidents that have caused outrage have shamed the country. "Mehbooba Mufti should take action just like she took against Haseeb Drabu (ex J&K FM), who's crime wasn't this heinous", he said.

Terming the Kathua rape case as "horrific", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed his hope in the Indian authorities for bringing perpetrators of the brutal crime to justice. Yousaf went on to lodge a complaint with the police, which led to a search party being organised.

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

Speaking to ANI, the BJP leader said there is no problem in the alliance and the party is talking to state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

"You see their plan, first they shout "minority minority", then "Dalit Dalit", and now "women women" and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the Centre".

A police sub-inspector, a head constable and two special police officers were charged for providing help destroy evidence and cover up the crime in exchange for bribes. The victim belonged to a nomadic Muslim tribe Bakarwal in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. Her body was recovered a week later in some bushes, not far from her home in Rasana village of Kathua district in Jammu region.

He claimed that the people in Kathua suspected that the inquiry would not be impartial and demanded a CBI probe.

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