Protests break out across the country over Kathua, Unnao rape cases

Union minister VK Singh

Protests break out across the country over Kathua, Unnao rape cases

Asifa Bano, an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community disappeared near her house while grazing horses on January 10 in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

The protest movement calls for people in the city to come out on the streets at 1500hrs on Sunday - with banners and posters which show just how outraged they are at the heinous crimes committed in UP's Kathua and Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the Home portfolio, on Saturday terminated the services of four policemen accused in the rape and murder of a minor in Kathua district. "I also said that one must live by their conscience, and my conscience did not approve that violence and riots are caused just for the resignation of two ministers", said Singh.

JKPCC Vice President and MLC G.N Monga on Saturday asked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack MoS in Prime Minister's Office Dr Jitendra Singh for his role in creating hurdles in Crime Branch investigations in Kathua rape and murder case.

According to the reports, the girl had taken some cows out to graze and was searching for a missing cow when she was abducted.

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The protestors demanded immediate dismissal of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly shielding his party legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping a 17-year-old girl who had gone to his residence seeking a job. She was eight years old.

Earlier, BJP General Secretary and its Kashmir pointsman Ram Madhav, who was here to attend the party's legislature meeting said that resignation letters are now being forwarded to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. "When the sun sets, the fear increases and we don't know whether we will be alive tomorrow or not", he said.His daughter-in-law, Irshad, said she takes her infant child with her whenever she has to go to the market to purchase essentials or other commodities. "We do not need a CBI probe, we have faith in the investigation by the Crime Branch", said biological mother of the victim.

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".

It would complete trial in 90 days and would be the first such court in state, they said. "We had to bury her in Badinal village, about 3 kms from here", he said.

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