BJP ministers who backed Kathua rape accused submit resignation to party

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"We were sent there (rally's venue) on the orders of the party".

"They have submitted their resignations to state BJP president", BJP General Secretary in occupied Kashmir, Ashok Kaul, in an interview said.

Earlier in the morning, the Bench had sought "something on record" from a lawyer for it to act suo motu, but it chose to crack the whip on being told about the obstruction on the day the charge-sheet was to be filed in a Kathua court. According to the reports, the girl was continuously drugged and gang-raped thrice by her abductors that included a special police officer.

The chief minister also commended the people of Jammu for having discounted the divisive agenda of the "rabid fringe elements" and coming out with unwavering support for the girl.

The infamous Kathua Rape Case involves the inhumane rape of Asifa by multiple men inside the Devasthan prayer hall before she was strangled to death to allegedly "dislodge" a group of Bakherwal Muslim nomads from the Rasana village in Kathua.

"We were not treated with respect even during a tragedy involving a child", said Mohammad Shafi, a Bakarwal who readied to leave for the mountains with his family and cattle for the next four summer months, an annual practice involving the tribe, reported HT. She read out the details of the case, saying the victim had earlier not named the MLA in her statement before the magistrate and it was only done later on. "Justice must be served, hard and fast!"

"Like millions of Indians, my heart hurts tonight", Gandhi wrote on Twitter after addressing an estimated crowd of 5,000 people at the event.

Defending two BJP ministers following the Kathua gangrape and murder case, Ram Madhav said the two participated in the rally to pacify the crowd. "India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does". "We had gone to defuse the situation created due to migration", he said. "I expected things to get better in India after all the protests for Nirbhaya [the name given to the 2012 Delhi rape victim], but our society has worsened instead", said Hasan. The maximum punishment now is life imprisonment. The ruling party appeared to be on the defensive as it supported the action of the state governments in dealing with the cases. Rights activists say thousands more go unreported.

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