Barring few, most in BJP silent on Kathua


Amid the opposition's accusation at the Union government of being silent on the Kathua rape case, Union Minister VK Singh has called for justice to the eight-year-old gang-rape victim, who was tortured and murdered by her rapers. "Can they not even empathise with a child?" she said.

Another shambolic occurring panned out in Kathua, a district in Jammu and Kashmir, where an eight-year-old by the name of Asifa was allegedly raped by six men in a small temple village and later was left to die. As for the Kathua victim, if only we could say sorry to the dead. The main accused in the crime are Sanji Ram, 60, a former revenue official, his nephew, a juvenile, son Vishal, a student of B.Sc. Agriculture at Akansha College Mirapur, UP, and Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria.

"I have filed a complaint against him to the chief justice of the J&K High Court and the chief justice of the Supreme Court, " she said. Kashmir watchers believe that Singh's assertion, the first reaction from a BJP minister, may prompt the BJP and the government at the Centre to reign in such elements within the party.

Her assertions come in the backdrop of lawyers in Kathua trying to prevent the crime branch from filing a charge sheet in the case.

The demand for justice for the little girl has found voice from all the corners of the country.

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"In India, the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl has led to protests by Hindu nationalists - coming to the defense of the accused".

Singh, who belongs to the ruling BJP and had earlier served as the Army chief, took to Twitter to express his exasperation, but at the same time, he insisted that the girl will get justice. Later, the victim's father was taken into police custody from the location.

Some state BJP leaders have also reportedly questioned the police probe. The police have arrested eight people in the case, but the Bar Association has opposed the action alleging "targeting of minority Dogras".

In a tweet, posted on 23 December 2012, she had said, "Wonder y d PM can address d Nation on FDI but not on d challenge d Nation faces wid regards to women's safety".