"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.
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.