March 25, 2019

J&K to make death penalty must for raping minors

14 April 2018, 07:28 | Randall Craig

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah looks on during a press conference in Srinagar

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah looks on during a press conference in Srinagar

The charge sheet has revealed some chilling details about how the girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged, raped inside a place of worship before being killed.

"PDP has done nothing to hold its coalition partner to its commitments, not only in regard to efforts to resolve the festering political problem in the state but also on other important issues which had lent a facade of justification to this ideologically divergent coalition under the garb of so-called "Agenda of Alliance", Tarigami said.

Sources in People's Democratic Party (PDP) said that party president and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti communicated BJP high command and asked to take strong note of their two members' over their involvement in lending help to the accused of Kathua child rape and Murder Case.

The two ministers - Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga - had caused an outrage by their presence at a rally in support of the accused arrested in connection with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.

Later, during investigation, the police arrested the caretaker and alleged that he was the mastermind of kidnapping, rape and killing of the girl from a nomadic tribe with an ulterior motive of terrifying the community and drive them out of the village. 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. "The entire nation has come with her", Naeem Akhtar, a minister in the Mufti Cabinet, said after the PDP meeting. They had never supported the accused. "During my visit last month here, I made it clear to everyone that in this matter no one speaks and let us allow the investigations to complete".

"She (Mufti) told the PM that Lal Singh and CP Ganga were creating hurdles in the process of delivering justice to the girl but he assured her that action will be taken within few days".

She also called for exemplary punishment for those responsible for the crime.

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