No Problem in Alliance with PDP: Ram Madhav


United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has termed the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua a "horrific" incident and asked Indian authorities to ensure that the guilty are brought to justice.

BJP leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, Chandra Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh have tendered their resignations from the state cabinet posts. After that, it will be sent to the Chief Minister to the same.

"It is now the court who has to take a call into the matter and those demanding CBI probe must knock the doors of the court", said Dr Singh.

"You see their plan, first they shout "minority minority", then "Dalit Dalit", and now "women women" and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the Centre".

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.

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Mehbooba Mufti's party had decided it would serve an ultimatum to the BJP to sack the two ministers at a meeting on Saturday where the PDP leadership is to discuss recent developments, including the Kathua gang rape and the killing of civilians in the Valley.

The person, the party, and the government that looks at rape through the prism of class and religion, has to be criticised", he said, adding it shows the BJP's "regressive mindset. "We would never tolerate such divisive forces who are trying to give a communal colour to Aasifa case".

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and killed in January. "My only wish is the culprits should be hanged for the heinous crime, so that no other family has to go through it", she said.

The sudden change of heart comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Asifa incident was shameful and vowed to punish her rapists and killers. Local leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party have supported this demand. A villager found her body dumped in a forest near Rasana village on January 17.

The Chief Minister is also slated to announced the termination of the accused police officers against whom a chargesheet has been filed. Police say the attack on the minor was rooted in religious politics, with a group of local men planning to scare away the Bakarwals by simply kidnapping a girl.