J&K to make death penalty must for raping minors


J&K to make death penalty must for raping minors

Kathua rape-murder case: The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.

BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, who flew in to Jammu this morning, had a meeting with party leaders as well as legislators after which a decision to hand over the resignations of ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga to the chief minister was taken.

On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the Crime Branch which formed a special investigation team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.

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. "Entire nation has come with her", he said.

The chief minister said that she was in constant touch with BJP president Amit Shah and Madhav as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The girl, belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe in the district, was sedated time and again before being raped and killed.

Mehbooba also wrote to the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking a fast track court in the case.

BJP spokesman Ashok Kaul told Firstpost that the meeting would take place at the saffron party's office and all the leaders would attend the meeting, including the two leaders who have sent in their resignations. This step will ensure justice to the family of the eight-year-old deceased victim. "This govt will soon bring a law in the state under which people who rape minors will be given death penalty".

"This serves as a cue that the people of Jammu and Kashmir can hold a beacon of hope for the whole country amid the harshly polarized discourse", she added.