BJP's spokesperson defends ministers who joined rally against Kathua rape case probe

She claimed that they were being 'selectively' highlighted to target the BJP and said that a similar case of rape and murder of a minor girl in Assam had happened, but it never got the prominence.

Published: 13th April 2018 08:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2018 08:44 PM   |  A+A-

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Amidst nationwide outrage over the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi defended the two party's ministers, who had joined a rally against the police probe in the Kathua rape and murder case, claiming that they were "misled" into attending the protest.

In a press conference, Lekhi also accused the opposition parties of doing 'dangerous politics' over these incidents.

She said Bar Association of Jammu president B S Slathia, who spearheaded the protest in Kathua, was Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's polling agent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Lekhi also claimed that these two incidents were 'selectively' highlighted to target the BJP and said that a similar case of rape and murder of a minor girl in Assam had happened, but it never got the prominence that the Kathua and Unnao cases have got.

The minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from her her house in Kathua on January 10.

A week later, her body was found in the same area, and medical examination pointed towards sexual assault.

During initial investigations, the police arrested a juvenile.

Later, the case was transferred to the Jammu and Kashmir Police's Crime Branch.

Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) were also arrested, and later, five more people, including a former revenue official and the alleged conspirator, surrendered before the Special Investigation Team.

The Crime Branch, which probed the rape-and-killing case, filed a main charge sheet against seven people and a separate charge sheet against the juvenile in a court in Kathua district earlier this week.

Jammu has been on tenterhooks since the brutal incident.

The bar associations have been opposing the action against the accused, alleging that the minority Dogras were being targeted.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said her family should get justice.

The Home Minister also said he has spoken to BJP President Amit Shah and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the issue.

"The victim's family should get justice," Singh told reporters when asked about the case.


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  • Kanwal jit Singh Gill

    BJP leaership is openly speaking about their communal agenda. They justify and defend the guilty if they are raping and killing the minorities.
    2 years ago reply
  • j.a.simon

    This is a reflection of the BJP s ethical and Moral base
    2 years ago reply
    • Ark Mahato

      Political leaders are becoming inhumane
      2 years ago reply
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