Sunday, 15 July, 2018

Mehbooba Mufti requests J&K High Court to fast track Kathua rape case

Melissa Porter | 14 April, 2018, 19:30

"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", Ms Mehbooba wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

It would complete trial in 90 days and would be the first such court in state, they said. She has also terminated the services of four policemen accused in the case.

During investigation, the crime branch alleged that the girl was drugged and repeatedly raped before being killed by hitting her head with stones.

Following the concerns on global level over Kathua incident and CM Mehbooba's threatening communication to break alliance, the right-wing party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Jammu based cabinet ministers were forced to tender resignations, a party source in New Delhi told Kashmir News Bureau.

The minor girl from the Bakerwal community was kidnapped on January 10 and taken to a temple in Rasana village in Kathua district.

A week later, her body was found in the same area.

Sources said that in their resignation letters, sources said, Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga stated that they were offering resignations to the State party president as they felt that image of the party has been dented by the propaganda unleashed against them.

Madhav, who has been the BJPs pointsman on scripting the agenda with the PDP, told reporters in Jammu that the resignations of the two ministers would be handed over to Mehbooba Mufti for further action and also admitted that the two ministers had displayed a lack of discretion by taking part in the rally. All the People's Democratic Party (PDP) leaders and legislators were summoned for the meeting.

Meanwhile, PDP leader Naeem Akhtar has demanded justice for the eight-year-old at the earliest. "This government will soon bring a law in the state under which people who rape minors will be given the death penalty", he added.