Kathua Rape Case: Perpetrators Must Be Held Accountable, Says UN Chief

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The state government also made a decision to terminate from service the policemen accused in the case.

He said the resignation letters were now being forwarded to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. The party sources said that Sharma has convened an emergency meeting of the party legislators including ministers and seniors leaders in Jammu on Saturday to discuss the issue.

The BJP General Secretary said the development would have no bearing on the alliance as both the parties were working in coordination.

Rakesh Gupta, president of the business chambers declined to support the protest shutdown saying that after the crime branch had filed the charge sheet in the court the matter had become sub judice leaving no scope for any protest or agitations.

The "Hindu Ekta Manch", from which the BJP distanced itself, had also taken out a rally holding a tricolour to press for their demand.

"Some people are determined to sell the binary that demanding justice for the victim of the Kathua travesty is akin to calling every Hindu of Jammu a rape sympathiser", Mr Abdullah added. The lawyer-politician has considerably weakened her own claims that she and her party stood resolute in ensuring the dignity and safety of women.

On the demand by some politicians and others from Jammu for a CBI inquiry into the case, Vaid said, "Only they (who demand CBI probe) can answer this". Lekhi must explain what took it so long for the two ministers to correct their mistakes if indeed they were misled. I see that as a confidence building measure. The victim was abducted, kept on sedatives and raped for three days before she was murdered.

They arrested eight people, including Khajuria, Ram, his son Vishal, his nephew - said to be juvenile and two police officers who allegedly helped in the crime by destroying the evidence.

The girl was adopted by the woman's brother and his wife in Rasana hamlet of Kathua district when she was one year old. The body of the girl was recovered from the Rassana forest in January, a week after she went missing from the area while grazing horses.

Jammu has been on tenterhooks since the brutal rape and killing of the girl belonging to the nomadic Muslim Bakerwal community.

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