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Indian policemen involved in Kathua rape sacked

Indian policemen involved in Kathua rape sacked

After a legislature party meeting here, senior PDP leader and Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar told reporters that the party hopes for the same kind of support from the country on other issues in the state.

As the horrors of the Kathua rape case are being reported, a number of film personalities are among those who've joined the campaign to get justice for Asifa, the slain eight-year-old victim. I have never done politics for power.

"Only after consultations with the Prime Minister and the top brass, the Ministers were asked to resign, " he claimed and added that the Ministers have also been asking for strict punishment to the culprits.

Asserting that both coalition partners have worked for the welfare and development of all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said the Kathua rape and murder case will not have any "impact" on the PDP-BJP government.

Earlier, defending themselves, the two ministers had said that they were trying to ease the Hindus who had been protesting over the demographic mix in Jammu due to the settlement of Rohingyas and Bakarwal community members.

Yesterday, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi had defended the two Jammu and Kashmir ministers of the party saying they were "misled and misguided".

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"They perhaps realised that the image of the party was being tarnished in the media and instead of embarrassing the BJP they took the decision", Sethi said.

"But we will try to give justice to the victim as soon as possible and take stringent action against the perpetrators", he said.

The duo had accused the J&K police of unleashing "jungle raj" and asked for handing the investigation of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) on the plea the local people had expressed lack of faith in police investigation.

The meeting was held at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's residence.

Chandra Srinivasan, a protester from the non-profit Mrinal Gore Dakshata Samiti, pointed out that the Kathua rape - allegedly an attempt by the accused to drive out the minority Muslim Bakherwal community from the town - is typical of the manner in which women and girls bear the brunt of political conflicts and riot situations.

Her attackers, who included temple official and policemen, drugged and gang raped her over days before finally killing her and dumping her body in nearby forest seven days later.