Kathua gangrape: Victim's kin opposed CBI probe due to distrust, says Minister

  • Kathua gangrape: Victim's kin opposed CBI probe due to distrust, says Minister

Kathua gangrape: Victim's kin opposed CBI probe due to distrust, says Minister

Jammu and Kashmir Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir today denied BJP's charges that he had termed the Kathua rape and murder case probe as "motivated".

Using hashtag #UnfriendBJP, users are removing friends, who supported rape accused in Kathua and Unnao cases, from their Facebook contacts.

"In case some outsiders, not associated with the Bar Council, are involved in creating a controversy, we may not be able to take action against such persons. It was sheer indiscretion on their part", he said.

A lawyer fighting for justice to Kathua rape and murder victim on Saturday alleged he had been attacked by goons in Udhampur town. Their outrage erupted out on the streets in forms of candlelight vigils and silent protests, which reminded the nation of another gruesome incident, the Nirbhaya rape case.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the crimes against women a "shame" for the country and asserted that the guilty will not be spared.

"For the last 40 years, migration began after Baisakhi (April 14) but this year we started early because of fear caused by the horrific rape and murder of the girl", said 72-year-old Mohammad Jan, a resident of panchayat Kootah village adjoining Rasana. The child was allegedly abducted while out to graze her family's horses on 10 January, and found dead a week later.

On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the Crime Branch of the state police which formed a special investigation team and arrested eight people including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable. I personally feel that when Hindu and Muslim from Jammu will come together and raise their voice in unison against the culprits and those who tried to communalize the issue that will count as justice to her.

According to the Crime Branch of the J&K Police, the girl was kept hostage in the temple and given sedatives and raped before being killed and dumped in the area.

"We, the Indian student and alumni community in the United Kingdom, are deeply horrified and demand immediate proceedings against the accused in both cases (Kathua and Unnao)".

While the chargesheet says that the investigation is still ongoing, the government wants justice to be delivered to the girl in 90 days through a fast-track trial of the case. "We have to acknowledge that as a country we have failed our minorities, Dalits, Adivasis, women and girls".