Jammu and Kashmir: In wake of the recent Kathua rape incident, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, Chandra Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh have tendered their resignations from the state cabinet posts.
The rally was organized in the month of March. The party will take a call on it tomorrow, Sat Shama told GNS.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had made it clear that their continuation in the government could not be supported and justified. "The two Ministers had informed the party that they had gone there only to defuse tension and assure everyone the culprits will be punished", said Mr. Nirmal Singh.
For around a week, a leading Srinagar-based English daily was reluctant to even report allegations of rape even though the incident rocked the state Assembly that time.
A minor girl was raped and then the accused had poured kerosene on her and burnt her to death, the BJP leader said and named an accused - Zakir Hussain - who was arrested.
"What happened in Kathua is beyond humanity, an 8-year-old was kidnapped, brutally raped by many men, including a juvenile and tortured till she died".
#5. Later in the morning, a "deeply, deeply disturbed" Maneka Gandhi said that she intends to ask for the death penalty for those who rape children below 12 years of age. The body of an eight-year-old girl, belonging to the nomadic Bakherwal community, was found in Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing her horses.
"LET THE WORLD KNOW WE DEFEND OUR RAPISTS, we commit atrocities in places of worship and desecrate the Flag". The silence symbolised helplessness amid the increasing number of crimes against women.
Referring to the Unnao rape case, Lekhi said the police had got the victims statement recorded before a magistrate previous year, in which she had not named the MLA.
He said that subsequently the police had to produce the eight accused in the case and submit the charge sheet at the residence of the magistrate.
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