SRINAGAR: The Bharatiya Janata Party, National Conference, People's Democratic Party and the Jammu and Kashmir's Peoples Movement have welcomed the conviction of the six accused in the brutal rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua.
Senior State BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh told this newspaper that the party welcomes the court decision. “Everybody should respect the court verdict,” he said.
Greetings to all my Kashmiri Pandit brothers and sisters on the occasion of Zyeth Ashtami. May all prayers today be answered and peace restored to the land we all love. #ZyethAshtamiMubarak— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) June 10, 2019
National Conference vice president and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Amen to that. The guilty deserve the most severe punishment possible under law. And to those politicians who defended the accused, vilified the victim & threatened the legal system no words of condemnation are enough”.
The Pathankot court today convicted six of the seven accused in the rape-and-murder case of the eight-year-old nomadic girl in Rasana area of Kathua district in January last year.
Congratulations to @JmuKmrPolice for getting Rasana Kathua rapists convicted.— Shah Faesal (@shahfaesal) June 10, 2019
Politicians tried their best to sabotage the movement for justice to A.
But the Honble Court and the law enforcement agencies stood their ground.
Also, not to forget the role of activists and media
The former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also welcomed the judgement. "Welcome the judgement. High time we stop playing politics over a heinous crime where a 8-year-old child was drugged, raped repeatedly & then bludgeoned to death. Hope loopholes in our judicial system are not exploited & culprits get exemplary punishment," Mehbooba tweeted.
Relieved about Kathua verdict. Credit goes to crime branch team lead by IGP Mujtaba, SSP Jala, Addl SP Naveed , Dep SP Shwetambri ,@DeepikaSRajawat & Talib for ensuring facts came to light despite hindrances. People all across too galvanised support & stood up for this child— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) June 10, 2019
Former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal hailed police for securing the conviction of the accused. "Congratulations to @JmuKmrPolice for getting Raisina Kathua rapists convicted. Politicians tried their best to sabotage the movement for justice to A (the victim). But the Honble Court and the law enforcement agencies stood their ground. Pray we never have to see such horror again," Faesal tweeted.
Separatist-turned-mainstream politician and former BJP ally Sajjad Lone also welcomed the verdict. “Justice served in Kathua. This is real good news,” Sajad tweeted.