Kathua Rape Case: Ministers were 'misled' into joining protest march says BJP

Kathua gangrape: 2 BJP ministers, who tried to defend accused, resign from Mehbooba Mufti cabinet

Kathua gangrape-murder case: BJP ministers, who took part in rally in support of accused, resign

Under fire for reportedly participating in a protest against investigations into the Kathua rape case, two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir cabinet sent their resignations to state BJP chief Sat Sharma on Friday evening.

PDP has demanded that forest minister Chaudhary Lal Singh and industries and commerce minister Chander Prakash Ganga be removed for their alleged support and participation in protests against investigations into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl.in Kathua.

Earlier one of the important minister from PDP, Haseeb Drabu was sacked from cabinet over his controversial remarks on Kashmir. 12 years old [was] raped and burnt with petroleum.

Following intense criticism over the two rape cases-Kathua and Unnao-in states ruled by it, the BJP said on Friday that rumours were spread that it had not condemned or acted swiftly in the cases. They should have ideally not commented until an investigation was conducted.

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The minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in Kathua, 90 km from here, on January 10. The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17 - almost a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.

A minor girl was raped and then the accused had poured kerosene on her and burnt her to death, the BJP leader said and named an accused - Zakir Hussain - who was arrested. Questioning why some cases were being given prominence while others were not, Lekhi said "politicisation" of atrocities against children and women should not happen.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, BJP national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said that the BJP has been speaking out against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases - both incidents that have hogged the national limelight in the last few days.

A total of eight accused, including a juvenile and two Special Police Officers (SPOs), have been arrested.

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