BJP Ministers, Who Backed Men Accused In Kathua Rape Case, Resign

Two BJP ministers, who supported Kathua gangrape accused, resign

Kathua gangrape: 2 BJP ministers, who tried to defend accused, resign from Mehbooba Mufti cabinet

Under fire for reportedly participating in a protest against investigations into the Kathua rape case, two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir cabinet sent their resignations to state BJP chief Sat Sharma on Friday evening. A week later, her body was found in the same area, and medical examination pointed towards sexual assault.

"The murder of the eight -year-old girl was shocking".

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Stating that people in the country are watching as to what action Chief Minister will take against the Cabinet colleagues, as that, the duo were fully responsible for instigating people to polarize the situation, which is not only serious, but a shameful act, how can anyone even think about giving protection to killers and rapists, G.A. Mir said. The Assam rape case had led to tension in the region as it was alleged that the accused were Bangladeshi migrants.

The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house on 10 January. "The accused, Zakir Hussain, was 21-year-old and had two accomplices", she said. Questioning why some cases were being given prominence while others were not, Lekhi said "politicisation" of atrocities against children and women should not happen. "Criminals who did it have no religion." he maintained.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday condemned Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua gangrape and murder case, which has prompted nationwide anger and outrage. She had accused Sengar, the MLA of Bangarmau, only a month later, the BJP spokesperson added.

The state government entrusted the enquiry to crime branch who arrested eight people including a police sub inspector, police head constable, two special police officers, a former revenue official, his son, a juvenile and his friend in the matter.

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Asked if the party was contemplating action against Sengar, she said the probe should be allowed to be concluded. "The two BJP ministers were misled by a few people", BJP MP and spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told the media.

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