Kathua Rape Case: BJP Ministers In J&K Govt Resign After Criticism

| April 14 , 2018 , 13:40 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party's 2 ministers in Jammu and Kashmir government, Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga resigned from their posts on Friday, following a wide criticism over their brazen support for the accused in the gruesome rape and murder of a Bakerwal child in Kathua.

Chowdhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, Ministers of Forest and Industries and Commerce respectively in the Jammu and Kashmir government, had participated in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch an outfit opposed to arresting of the accused in the Kathua case.

Refuting the allegations Lal Singh told the media, "When we met people, they demanded CBI inquiry into the case, we had simply put it across being people’s representatives. Now, such a perception is being created that I deemed it fit to tender my resignation."

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Their resignation came soon after Prime Minister Modi condemned the Kathua incident and the Unnao rape case.   

Modi had said, "As a country, as a society, we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice."

Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter to condemn the inhuman incident of rape. She wrote, "I want to assure the entire nation that I stand committed not just to ensure justice for Ashifa but also seek exemplary punishment for those responsible for a crime whose brutal savagery has shamed humanity.

She added, "We will never ever let another child suffer in this way. We will bring a new law that will make the death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors, so that little Ashifa’s case becomes the last."

BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said there was indiscretion on part of the two ministers who were under pressure from the local public when they spoke at a gathering.

Madhav said, "There was indiscretion on part of our 2 ministers. Coming under pressure from the local public they spoke at a gathering. I immediately flew to Jammu as soon as I got to know and told the party that we should fully support the investigation."

He accused the Congress of politicising the matter and alleged that the party was behind the agitations in Jammu. He also denied any trouble in alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party.

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Earlier on Friday, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi came out in defence of the two ministers.

She said, "They should not have protested. They should have ideally not commented until an investigation was conducted. But the MLAs were misguided."

In the Kathua rape case, eight people including a juvenile have been charge-sheeted for abducting an eight-year-old child, holding her captive in a temple, drugging and raping her repeatedly before murdering her. Her body was found in the forests near Rasana in Jammu and Kashmir on January 17.

The brutal gangrape and murder of the young 8-year-old girl sparked outrage across the nation.

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