Kathua rape accused must be punished, says United Nations chief

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Asifa Bano, an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community disappeared near her house while grazing horses on January 10 in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

The Prime Minister recalled his first speech that he had given after swearing-in, in which he had said that parents should question sons, instead of their daughters, if they come late at night.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the Home portfolio, on Saturday terminated the services of four policemen accused of the crime.

According to the police chargesheet, Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the temple, in Rassana village in Kathua, about 90 km from here, as the main conspirator behind the abduction, rape and killing. "We want justice to the poor departed soul whereas it is evident that the fringe elements are making it communal under an agenda", he said. As a country, as a society we all are ashamed of it.

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The senior BJP leader said the resignation of the ministers was to address the fears of not only its ally PDP and the people of Jammu and Kashmir but also the entire nation. The rape victim's father had later died in police custody after being allegedly thrashed by Sengar's brother and his supporters.

Bollywood came forward to demand justice for the eight-year-old minor victim, who was brutally gang raped and killed in Kathua of Jammu and Kashmir. And the fact that the lawyers and politicians of the state have taken to the streets to protest against the charge sheet filed against the perpetrators is an even more shocking news. But if the state government is fully assured that proper investigations have been done by the local police, then the case should not be handed over to CBI. "Heartening to see the Supreme Court take cognisance of the attempted obstruction of justice by some lawyers in the brutal Kathua rape and murder case reminding us once again of the greatness of this nation", she said. He said the two BJP ministers' resignation was a confidence-building measure that will strengthen the alliance between PDP and the saffron party.

He further assured the countrymen that no culprit will be spared and complete justice will be done in both the cases.

Ram Madhav gave this information at a press conference in the state's winter capital Jammu after chairing a meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature party.

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