Kathua rape case: Mufti accepts resignations of BJP ministers

Charlene Craig
April 16, 2018

The BJP on Saturday accepted the resignation of two of its ministers from the Jammu and Kashmir coalition government but said their unwise move to go and pacify people rallying for suspects of rape and murder of a minor was "mistaken for trying to shield the accused".

The two ministers were present at the rally in support of the rape-accused where the tricolour was also waved.

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On Friday, the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested Sengar in connection with the alleged rape of 17-year-old-girl in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district. "They also made videos of villagers". The victim later told media persons that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Thursday statement that the guilty will be brought to book was very reassuring and that he now hoped that justice will be done in her case. There are 221 witnesses and they say further investigation has to be done. "I conducted the x-ray test of victim's right knee, right elbow and right wrist and I found her joints fused", said Dr Johri adding that on the basis of the growth of bone and the fused joints, he inferred that the victim was over 19 years of age. The opposition party also hit out at the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh over its "indictment" by the Allahabad High Court, saying the chief minister's position had become "rudderless" in the state.

The residence of a Supreme Court judge who is monitoring the corruption cases against ousted premier Nawaz Sharif came under firing by unknown gunmen today, triggering widespread condemnation in Pakistan. BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav has flown to Jammu and Kashmir yesterday to have a meeting with the party leaders as well as the legislators after which a decision to hand over the resignations of ministers Lal Singha and Chandar Prakash Ganga was taken.

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The gruesome rape and murder of an eight year old child was not an isolated, spontaneous crime but the manifestation of a deeply repugnant and repressive politics that hinges on the harassment, intimidation and disempowerment of the nomadic Gujjar-Bakerwal communities.

Madhav had on Saturday said, "That is why they had to resign". We will not allow this jungle raj, under which they (police) are picking up people at will, to continue.

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