Kathua, Unnao: Has anything changed for India's women since Nirbhaya?

Members of RTI Movement and local residents display placards and hold torches during a protest against the rape and murder of 8-year-old girl of Kathua in Jammu in Srinagar on Saturday

Kathua, Unnao: Has anything changed for India's women since Nirbhaya?

The two ministers had on March 1 participated in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch, a fringe right-wing group, to support the accused in the case.

Forest Minister Lal Singh and Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga tendered their resignation in view of a perception being created, he said.

"To safeguard the interest of Jammu, I will not hesitate to fight the government or meet the prime minister personally and reiterate the demand for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-and-murder case which is the demand of lakhs of people", Ganga said. And alongside the picture comes the report and the horrific details of the rape, mutilation and murder-in a temple in Kathua in Jammu, by a temple caretaker, two policemen, a juvenile nephew and five other cold brutes, who don't deserve to be called human. It is all a vote bank politics which every party is playing in the state either it is BJP, Congress or Jammu Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP).

The apex court agreed to take the suo motu cognisance of the matter after several lawyers of the apex court pointed out the incident in which agitating advocates at Kathua district obstructed police from filing of charge sheet in the court yesterday. He had also reportedly said that raping and murdering the girl was not a big issue as "such incidents do happen in the world on daily basis".

The resignations, however, are not final yet, as the ministers have not submitted the applications to the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who, according to sources, has expressed her displeasure for the two and has asked the BJP to remove them from their positions. The BJP will now send the resignations to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti.

Dinesh referred to the decisions of the local bar that had allegedly come in support of the people who had allegedly gangraped and killed the minor in Kathua.

"You see their plan, first they shout "minority minority", then "Dalit Dalit", and now "women women" and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the Centre".

The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village on January 10.

In January, an eight-year-old girl went missing while grazing horses in Rassana forest in Kathua.

The whole incident was meant to scare and drive away the nomadic Muslim Bakherwal community residing in the region. They are demanding a CBI probe in rape and murder of the 8-year-old girl.

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