Kathua rape and murder: Two BJP cabinet ministers quit

The spot where eight-year-old Asifa Bano's body was found. Firstpost  Sameer Yasir

The spot where eight-year-old Asifa Bano's body was found. Firstpost Sameer Yasir

The minor, from a nomad Muslim community, had been held captive, sedated and raped for several days at a temple before she was murdered at Rassana village in Kathua district, according to the J&K Police crime branch investigation based on DNA test, forensic evidence and post-mortem report. The body of the girl was recovered on January, 17 a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.

Reacting strongly to the Kathua rape case, Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Development Minister, said that her ministry will amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act and bring death penalty for those found guilty of raping children aged 12 years or below.

Earlier, the BJP had said that both the ministers were "misled" and "misguided" by a few people. The duo resigned Friday after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti vowed stringent action against the accused men.

Shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence over rape cases in Kathua and Unnao, two BJP Ministers Lal Singh and Chandra Prakash Ganga submitted their resignations to the state party Chief Sat Pal Sharma.

The horrific gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa Bano has sparked an outrage all over the country, once again reminding us that women's safety continues to be a distant dream in India.

On Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party rushed its National General Secretary Ram Madhav to Jammu to firefight the situation.

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Accusing the Congress of creating a perception in the country that daughters are not getting justice here, Ganga said, "We felt that the image of the party and the prime minister is at stake and under a conspiracy the whole thing is going on".

After the meeting, Works Minister and senior PDP leader Naeem Ahkar, who is also the government spokesperson, "appreciated" the BJP support in the handling of the case which had caused fissures in the alliance.

"The type of incidents that have been talked about in the last two days have shamed us as a nation and as a society".

"I want to assure the nation that no criminal will be spared".

Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the Home portfolio, terminated the services of a sub-inspector, a head constable and two Special Police Officers (SPOs) accused in the crime.

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