Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Protests break out across the country over Kathua, Unnao rape cases

People participate in a candle light vigil as they protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu and a teenager in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao in Bengaluru A horror story beyond belief
Johnnie Parks | 16 April, 2018, 05:22

"I was threatened yesterday with a message that "we will not forgive you", Rajawat said.

Thousands of people took to the streets in various cities of the country on Sunday to protest the rising incidents of sexual violence against women and to demand justice in the Jammu's Kathua and Uttar Pradesh's Unnao rape cases.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has lauded the country's political leadership, judiciary, media and the civil society for standing with the J&K Government to ensure justice in the Kathua rape and murder case, saying that it will go a long way in restoring the people's confidence in the institutions. The resigned ministers, Chaudhry Lal Singh and Chander Parkash Ganga had reportedly attended rallies in the support of the accused in the Kathua case. "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.

Both the ministers had maintained yesterday that they had been sent by the party to Kathua to understand the ground situation. "The prime minister, home minister, Ram Madhavji [BJP's national general secretary] and [BJP President] Amit Shahji played a role and sought the resignation of two BJP ministers, about whom it came in the media that they didn't play a positive role..."

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Kathua rape case of the eight year old Asifa disclosed some horrifying and shameful details that has left the country shocked. By seeking a fast track court and terminating the services of four policemen who figure in the list of accused, she has put the fire fighting process in motion.

Pointing fingers at others while protecting its own was the character of the Congress party, he alleged. The 08-year-old girl was held captive in a temple, sedated and gang-raped multiple times before being murdered by the accused. She is also chairperson and founder of an NGO, Voice for Rights, which works among underprivileged women and children.

PDP leader and state minister Naeem Akhtar said the party appreciated the "support and solidarity" that people have shown for the eight-year-old Kathua girl. On Friday, when the girl was playing outside, Jena lured her to his house with chocolates and raped her, police said.

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