Arun Sharma


Mehbooba Mufti is a jihadi chief minister: Lawyer of Kathua rape accused
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

"Mehooba Mufti gives legal immunity to cow slaughter and bovine smuggling. She is spearheading an Islamo-fascist communal agenda for demographic change in Jammu’s Hindu-dominated areas," Ankur Sharma, representing the accused in Kathua rape case said.

J&K cabinet approves death penalty for child rape
Wed, Apr 25, 2018

The move comes three days after the Union cabinet approved similar punishment for child rape convicts in the wake of the uproar over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl in Kathua.

Kathua gangrape-murder case: Minor accused denied bail, court says crime grave, not ‘juvenile’
Wed, Apr 25, 2018

Kathua gangrape-murder case: Court denied bail to the juvenile, who is among eight people arrested by police on charges of abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in the district earlier this year.

A tale of two thanas: Maakhi, Unnao and Hiranagar, Kathua
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

The road to justice in the Kathua and Unnao rape cases that convulsed the nation begins at two rural police stations where the First Information Reports were filed, where men and women work, against odds, to investigate evidence, interrogate witnesses — and build the case against the accused. Deeptiman Tiwari travels to Unnao and Arun Sharma to Kathua to find that the tale of these two thanas is also a story of neglect and despair. And an endless wait for police reforms.

Kathua rape-murder case: Bandh call had no link with CBI probe demand, says Bar outfit
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

The memorandum pointed out that the chargesheet in the case was filed before the Chief Judicial Magistrate before April 11 and around the same time, the action committee in Nowshera had suspended its hartal after 50 days

Kathua rape shameful, need to introspect: President Ram Nath Kovind
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

“The most beautiful thing in this world is the smiling face of a child, and the security of our children is the greatest success of our society... It is the responsibility of our society to give security and a sense of safety to them,” Kovind said.

Ahead of Cabinet reshuffle: In J-K, all BJP ministers quit
Wed, Apr 18, 2018

The BJP has six Cabinet-rank ministers and three ministers of state in the 22-member council of ministers led by Mehbooba. Sajad Gani Lone of People’s Conference is also in the cabinet from the BJP quota.

Kathua rape-murder trial begins: Seven accused seek narco test
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

Ankur Sharma, the counsel for Sanji Ram and five other accused, said the accused have been demanding CBI probe and seeking a narco test to prove their innocence.

Kathua rape case: Mehbooba Mufti forwards resignation of two BJP ministers to governor
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Meanwhile, the resignation of Singh and Ganga led to lobbying within the BJP for induction into the state cabinet. Sources said that Ram Madhav had on Saturday said that these two vacancies will be filled by new faces from within the party.

Kathua rape-murder case: Uneasy calm, villagers say family avoided trouble
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Kathua rape-murder case: The Bakherwal family had embarked on a 600-km-long journey on foot through the treacherous mountains to Kargil, leaving behind their daughter, who was adopted by her uncle.

PDP-BJP alliance to stay, but Mehbooba warns of ‘chaos’ if Valley’s youth not heard
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday warned that the Valley was headed for “chaos” if measures were not taken to contain the anger and discontent of its youth.

Kathua rape case: BJP says ‘all fears settled’, adds no pressure on party
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

The ministers, Chander Parkash Ganga and Choudhary Lal Singh, resigned on Friday, ahead of a meeting called by Mufti of PDP ministers and leaders, to discuss the spate of violence in Kashmir and the Kathua developments.

Kathua rape-murder case: BJP to Congress, all part of outfit targeting J-K police probe
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

The gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl has cleaved open several faultlines in the state. Hindu versus Muslim. Hindu-majority Jammu-Kathua-Samba-Udhampur versus Muslim-majority Kashmir valley-Chenab valley-Pir Panjal.

Kathua rape, murder case — A father’s anguish: ‘She did not know right from left… what Hindu, Muslim?’
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Kathua rape-murder case: As the brutal rape and murder of his eight-year-old daughter becomes a political tool in Jammu and Kashmir, the Bakherwal nomad and his family quietly packed their bags and set off on a 600-km journey with their livestock up into the hills, like they do every summer.

A chargesheet, forest land and a divide in Jammu
Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Police chargesheet concludes that the alleged rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakherwal girl in a Kathua village was committed to evict the Bakherwal, a nomadic Muslim group.

Omar Abdullah: Act against BJP ministers who emboldened lawyers
Wed, Apr 11, 2018

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik termed the attempt of Kathua Bar Association and certain political parties of Jammu as shocking.

Kathua rape-murder: Chargesheet filed against seven amid protests by lawyers
Tue, Apr 10, 2018

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah slammed the lawyers’ action. “Shame on them & their political masters. An 8-year-old girl is raped & murdered and these so-called lawyers do not want to see justice delivered,” he tweeted.

War on terror in Jammu and Kashmir entered decisive phase: Deputy CM Nirmal Singh
Mon, Apr 09, 2018

While Nirmal Singh criticized mainstream opposition of politicking over it demand for dialogue with Pakistan and the separatists, Singh also slammed Hurriyat Conference leaders of maintaining silence when an innocent is killed by militants.

Jammu and Kashmir: Student alleges harassment by professor, govt starts probe
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

Sources said that prima facie a case was made out against the professor in view of the complainant submitting a compact disc to the district administration containing telephonic conversation and other statements involving the accused.

Kathua rape-murder case: Tests confirm victim held in prayer hall, was sedated
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

Analysing strands of hair recovered from the hall by the J&K Police Crime Branch, which is investigating the case, a Delhi-based forensic sciences laboratory has cited DNA tests to confirm in its report that they belong to the victim and that she was constantly given sedatives.