J&K CM Mehooba Mufti Axes 4 Cops, Calls For Fast Track Court In Kathua Rape Case

| April 15 , 2018 , 08:44 IST

Taking action in the rape and murder case of an 8-year-old girl in the Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday terminated the services of 4 policemen accused in the case, and also called for the case to be heard in a fast track court.

According to reports, the state government terminated the services of a sub-inspector, a head constable and two Special Police Officers (SPOs) accused in the gangrape and murder case of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua in January 2018.

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CM Mehbooba has written to the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, seeking a fast track court hearing for the Kathua case, so as to conclude the trial within 90 days, for the case that has caused nationwide outrage.

The steps undertaken by the J&K government come soon after 2 BJP ministers in the PDP coalition government resigned. The resigned ministers, Chaudhry Lal Singh and Chander Parkash Ganga had reportedly attended rallies in the support of the accused in the Kathua case.

The 8-year-old girl from the Bakerwal community was kidnapped from Kathua on January 10 and was taken to a temple were she was force-fed sedatives and gang raped for several days before she was killed and he body dumped in a nearby forest. So far, 8 persons have been accused in the case.

Since the victim was a Muslim and the accused are Hindus, the case invariably got a communal twinge, and locals supporting the accused further increased the outrage nation-wide.