Kathua rape-murder: Mehbooba Mufti seeks fast track court, sacks accused cops

Protesters demand justice for Asifa. PTI

On Friday, two of those BJP leaders - forests minister Lal Singh and industries minister Chandar Prakash Ganga - resigned as anger mounted over the rally.

April. 14 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader and party In-Charge of Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav refuted the reports of strain in the alliance with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The incident has drawn widespread protest across the country.

Asifa Bano was kidnapped and allegedly taken to a temple in Kathua, drugged, gangraped over two days, strangled and her body was dumped in a forest.

The Kathua BJP MLA - Rajiv Jasrotia - has also been untraceable ever since he was interrogated about the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in his constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.

The remarks of United Nations chief came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday finally broke his silence on the horrific Unnao and Kathua rape incidents and said that such incidents are "shameful and can not be part of a civilised society".

With the opposition stepping up its charge that the states were shielding perpetrators of violence against women, Modi said justice will be done to daughters of the nation.

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Although the two ministers said their statements were twisted and quoted out of context, there has been overwhelming public outcry against them. The HEM is also consistent in its demand for the CBI investigation and says that is unthinkable that a father-son duo can plan a rape and murder together and eight people can rape an eight-year-old angel. Reportedly, he hatched a plan with Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria, and got his nephew (a juvenile) to abduct young Asifa from the forest where she would regularly go to graze horses on January 10.

When asked why he had not visited Asfa's home on the same day he visited khutua, he replied that the situation did not allow us to visit her home.

In New Delhi, the BJP appeared to be on the back foot, with its MP and spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi admitting that the two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir had committed a wrong by taking part in the rally.

"Party has already condemned this act, 2 individuals (BJP J&K ministers) were mislead & misguided by people".

Meanwhile, Saturday Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti held a meeting with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in Srinagar and senior BJP leaders also conducted a meeting in Jammu to discuss the resignations.

The rape and killing of the girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, has become a national issue.

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