The two sacked BJP ministers and relatives of the accused and supportive Jammu groups have been demanding a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the gruesome incident.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud was also critical of the Jammu High Court Bar Association, which had passed a resolution not to attend the courts saying "it is the duty of the bar association as a collective body and they can not obstruct the process of law". "It was prior to the arrest of the mastermind and main accused, and others (in the Kathua case)".
"The incidents of the recent days are a challenge to social justice".
We say media is the fourth pillar of democracy and it has a great responsibility towards society, but why blame media when the entire political class is looking the other way and is only passing the buck? If we do not speak today, those who spread hatred, those who want to break the country, those who want to destroy the Constitution, will win.
"Recently we lost four civilians near an encounter site and we witnessed student protests all over but they were met with brute force".
The two countries have fought three wars - in 1948, 1965 and 1971 - since they were partitioned in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir. "If they win, we lose our dream of an India that promised equality, liberty and fraternity to all its citizens", read the pamphlet circulated by the "Not in My Name" organisers. It put a big question on the credibility of the probe, she said.
Maliwal launched the protest at Rajghat on Friday in the wake of the horrific rape incidents in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua districts. "Those in power shield raposts and take out marches to defend the brutal rape and killing of a child who was targeted simply because she was a Muslim", it added.
On last Sunday, a 17-yr-old, who was allegedly raped by BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother in Unnao, tried to commit suicide outside UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath's house.
In Delhi, the protesters sought adequate security arrangements for the families of the victims, and state support for arranging a competent prosecution team.
Another protest, organised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in suburban Bandra, saw actor Vicky Kaushal, documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, actor Kalki Koechlin, radio jockey Malishka Mendonsa and social activist Ruben Mascarenhas join hundreds of others to demand justice for the two victims.
While talking to reporters in Jammu, Ram Madhav said that there was no threat to the coalition government in J&K, but informed sources said that Mehbooba Mufti is going to take a final call on the fate of the coalition as she has been assured by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that very soon the Centre will show some tangible change in Kashmir on the movement of the agenda of alliance.