Kathua rape-murder: Resignation of Kashmir ministers accepted

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Thursday that the state will bring in a law that would make death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors. "Entire nation has come with her", he said.

He denied that the People's Democratic Party, which is the BJP's alliance partner in the Jammu and Kashmir government, had threatened to withdraw support if the ministers did not resign.

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Later, during investigation, the police arrested the caretaker and alleged that he was the mastermind of kidnapping, rape and killing of the girl from a nomadic tribe with an ulterior motive of terrifying the community and drive them out of the village.

He said the investigations had been completed by the state Crime Branch and a charge sheet had been presented in the court.

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Ahead of the crucial PDP meeting, senior party leader Nayeema Mehjoor, who is also the state's women commission chief, has spoken out and demanded the Chief Minister to pull out from the coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

BJP General Secretary and its Kashmir pointsman Ram Madhav, who was here to attend the party's legislature meet, ruled out any threat to the ruling alliance in the wake of the resignations by the two ministers - Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga.

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The BJP today chose to forward the resignation letters of the ministers - Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga - to the Chief Minister. "I want to thank people of Jammu for standing united against the gory crime", she said. Addressing an Ambedkar rally in New Delhi, the PM said the accused men involved in the Kathua and Unnao rape incidents will not be spared. Expressing her concerns over the brutal rape and murder, Mufti took to Twitter earlier on Friday and assured that her government will ensure that no other child will ever face such brutality and atrocity. Chief Minister couldn't take any action against these two ministers for months.

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