Published: Sun, April 15, 2018

J&K to make death penalty must for raping minors

J&K to make death penalty must for raping minors

"We will speak to our party legislature and also to the two ministers who have submitted their resignations", Madhav, who is also the BJP incharge for Jammu and Kashmir, said. Besides the two issues, the overall situation in Kashmir valley would be taken up at the meeting, which is being held ahead of the bi-annual Durbar move.

Madhav, sources said, was told in no uncertain terms by the prime minister that the party has to act against the tainted ministers who had proffered support to the agitation demanding a CBI probe into the case and release of the accused.

Yesterday, the minister in J&k government and brother of CM Mehbooba Mufti, Tassaduq Mufti, speaking on the Kathua rape case, said that both BJP and PDP are partners in crime. "We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice", Guterres' spokesperson Stephane Dujjaric told reporterson Friday. "Abdul Gani Kohli (minister) was sent to the house of the victim, so that an ugly situation was not created", Lal told reporters. Should we not listen to them?

Flanked by PDP spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir and others, Naeem said: "We feel that the party will fail in its duty if we don't express our gratitude to entire people of our great country, members of civil society and media of our country". We believe that till people of India don't understand our humanitarian problems, our wounds, it wouldn't happen.

The rally was organised by Hindu Ekta Manch in favour of the men accused of raping and killing an eight-year-old girl from the Bakerwal community.

That was perhaps his clearest reference to the PDP's alliance with the BJP under which the situation in Kashmir has deteriorated and the rate of civilian deaths has been quite high.

BJP ministers Chowdhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga had joined the protests and blamed the arrests on a "jungle raj".

Madhav maintained that the two BJP leaders had gone to Kathua in March to pacify the public and also to look into the matter of the gruesome crime.

The senior BJP leader admitted that the two ministers displayed lack of discretion by taking part in the rally, but made it clear that there was no attempt to sabotage the investigations as charged by the Congress party. I have never done politics for power.

The body of the girl was recovered from woods on January 17, a week after she had gone missing while grazing horses in a village in Kathua district.

Lawyers also opposed the action, alleging that minority Dogras were being targeted.

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