After Kathua rape, Kerala houses with girls ban BJP workers

Posters appeared outside at least 20 houses in Kalamachal near Vamanapuram in Thiruvananthapuram district on Friday banning the entry of BJP workers.

Published: 14th April 2018 03:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2018 09:03 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The nationwide outrage over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu & Kashmir, has assumed strong political overtones in Kerala with several households with girls banning the entry of BJP workers.

Posters appeared outside at least 20 houses in Kalamachal near Vamanapuram in Thiruvananthapuram district on Friday banning the entry of BJP workers. The form of protest has apparently spread to Chengannur in Alappuzha district also where the BJP is facing a crucial bypoll. BJP workers have been warned not to enter the houses seeking votes.The protest was reportedly kicked off by local CPM workers in Kalamachal.

“We started off with 20 houses in Kalamachal. This is essentially an area where the CPM has an advantage,” said Kannan, a local CPM worker.

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One of the printed posters reads: “Sanghis not welcome in this home. There are small children here.”
The girl was kidnapped in January and held captive at a place of worship for nearly a week where she was raped and finally murdered.

Meanwhile, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan condemned the Kathua atrocity, saying no humane person can approve of it. “The society should isolate such persons. The J&K government’s prompt action helped bring the culprits before the law,’’ he said.

He also condemned Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s action of posting the picture of the girl on his Facebook page. The CM has violated the law in a bid to give the incident a political colour, he alleged.

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