Kashmir child-rape incident: 2 BJP Ministers quit Mehbooba's cabinet

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

A much-relieved Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defusing the situation and said the unfortunate incident had brought the people of the state and the rest of the country "together".

On Friday, two Bharatiya Janata Party ministers, Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, who attended a rally in support of the Kathua accused in March, resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

According to reports, the state government terminated the services of a sub-inspector, a head constable and two Special Police Officers (SPOs) accused in the gangrape and murder case of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua in January 2018.

She was held in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January, was kept sedated and sexually assaulted once again before she was bludgeoned to death, the chargesheet filed by J&K Police's revealed.

The HEM demanded the release of the accused arrested by the police and hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

A day earlier, the BJP made a decision to hand over the resignations of its two ministers - whose presence at a rally in support of the accused arrested in connection with rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua triggered a row - to the Chief Minister.

"The BJP wants justice for the victim and there are no two opinions on that".

The Chief Minister equally commended the role of the people of Jammu for having discounted the divisive agenda of the rabid fringe elements and coming out with unwavering support for the victim. Justice will be done.

To a question that the two ministers had participated in the rally in support of the accused in the rape case where the national tricolour was being waved, Madhav said, "That is why they had to resign".

The resignation of the ministers came soon after PM Modi assured justice for the little girl.

The BJP on Saturday accepted the resignation of the two ministers but said their unwise move to go and pacify people rallying for suspects of rape and murder of a minor was "mistaken for trying to shield the accused".

Her attackers, which included temple official and policemen, drugged and gang raped her over days before finally killing her and dumping her body in a forest nearby, seven days later.

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