BJP ministers who backed Kathua rape accused submit resignation to party

Protestors block the Jammu Pathankot highway in Kathua during the Jammu Bandh on Wednesday

Protestors block the Jammu Pathankot highway in Kathua during the Jammu Bandh on Wednesday

Under the latest developments in the Kathua Rape Case, Two BJP ministers (Lal Singh and Chandra Prakash Ganga) resigned from the coalition government for participating in protests in favour of the accused. On the contrary, uncertainty is gripping the state. She was abducted on January 10 and was later strangled to death on January 14. PDP had demanded the resignation of the two ministers.

"Both have submitted their resignations to state party president Sat Sharma", said BJP's state chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi.

The Jammu Bar Association on Saturday sought compensation and security for the Kathua rape and murder victim's family. "Was the district police incompetent to deal with the case after the constitution of the Special Investigating Team?"

Prior to the controversial rally, the incident had taken a unusual turn when large number of local Hindus took to the streets, waving the national flag and demanding unconditional release of the main accused Khajuria. A week later, her body was found in the same area.

"I am sure the people who committed this heinous crime on an eight-year-old child must get severest possible punishment", Vaid said.

The crime has evoked sharp reactions from all quarters, including social media users, Opposition parties, and global human rights organizations such as the Human Rights Watch that criticized the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for "religious prejudice" to protect the accused in the case, according to the Times of India. Kathua lies 88 km south of the state's winter capital of Jammu. The J&K police registered a case against the lawyers for obstructing Crime Branch from filing charge sheet in Kathua rape and murder case at the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Kathua. "It was noted with grave concern that some vested interests are trying to project that the present agitation is proceeding on communal lines and confined only to Rasana rape and murder case, which is factually incorrect", the spokesman added.

Investigations revealed she was held captive inside a temple, and was sedated before being repeatedly raped and murdered.

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