Srinagar: Asserting that as a Chief Minister she tried her best to ensure justice to Kathua rape and murder victim, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said ‘instead of condemning such a gruesome incident, BJP lawmakers staged protests in favour of the rapists’.
Ms Mehbooba, who was the chief minister in PDP-BJP government when the incident happened in January last year, said she can only hope that the accused are punished severely so that no other girl has to endure such pain and trauma.
“Today marks a year since the horrific rape & murder of an eight year old girl in Kathua. Sadly , instead of condemning such a gruesome incident, BJP lawmakers staged protests in favour of the rapists. Even a crime like rape was communalised & passions were stoked to justify it,” Ms Mehbooba wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.
“As a CM I tried my best to ensure justice was done. Can only hope that the accused are punished severely so that no other girl has to endure such pain and trauma,” she twitted.
Dead body of the 8-year-old nomadic Muslim girl was found in the forest area near village Rasana in Kathua in Jammu region. The autopsy of the body confirmed that the girl was gang-raped and later murdered.
A statement issued by the police had listed seven accused, including four police officers, were arrested and charged for the crime.
However, two former BJP lawmakers — Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, who were ministers in PDP-BJP government in the state at that time, attended a rally organised in support of the accused in the rape and murder case. The move attracted severe criticism from across the country, following which both the ministers lost their Cabinet berth.
Mehbooba-led government had rejects handing over the case to CBI, claiming that the state police was competent enough to carry out the probe.