Kathua rape and murder: Two BJP cabinet ministers quit

Credit Karnika Kohli  The Wire

The gory details of the heinous crime surfaced following filing of charges.

Asifa Bano was kidnapped and allegedly taken to a temple in Kathua, drugged, gangraped over two days, strangled and her body was dumped in a forest. The Hindus claims that the Bakarwal Muslims are trying to construct a mosque in the village and often graze cattle on their lands. The mastermind of this murderous act Samji Ram's 22-year-old son and 14-year-old nephew had been arrested for the rape-murder.

She said, "They should not have protested. The accused has been arrested and the law will follow its course", she tweeted. "The killers should be given death penalty".

"'We made it clear to everyone that it is a very serious crime and let the investigating agency complete the investigation". Ganga and Singh had hit out at the police for arresting "one or the other person at will" in connection with the rape and killing of the 8-year-old girl in January this year.

The couple along with their two kids and cattle left their hamlet in Samba and in Round-Domail in Udhampur district as part of their annual trek to Sanasar mountainous belt. "They are resigning because a situation has been created around them", he said.

"But after this incident, the relations have soured and we are fearful".

Karnika Kohli
Karnika Kohli

"The BJP wants justice for the victim and there are no two opinions on that". She was our dear child. "We have to take stock of the three years and see if we have actually realised any of the goals", said the State Public Works Minister. "All this while ignoring the strict action being taken by state governments", she added.

The sources said that the duo has submitted resignations after being asked by the party high command amid increasing outrage and sustained media pressure across the country over the rape and murder incident.

Addressing the gathering during Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial inauguration ceremony here, the Prime Minister assured that justice will be served to the daughters of the country.

"The world and entire India knows it". They have also demanded against those who supported them. "The incident should not be looked at through the religious lens", he said.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the Home portfolio, terminated the services of a sub-inspector, a head constable and two Special Police Officers (SPOs) accused in the crime.

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