Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Lawyer fighting for Kathua victim 'attacked by goons'

Lawyer fighting for Kathua victim 'attacked by goons'

Singh and Ganga attended a rally organized by Hindu Ekta Manch outfit in favour of accused in Kathua minor rape and murder case, attracting severe criticism from all section of society, including opposition parties, from across the country.

"Heartening to see the Supreme Court take cognisance of the attempted obstruction of justice by some lawyers in the brutal Kathua rape & murder case reminding us once again of the greatness of this nation", she wrote. 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.

Mehbooba Mufti, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday terminated the services of the four cops accused of rape and murder of the minor Kathua girl.

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL Antonio Guterres wants Indian authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of the "horrific" gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua be brought to justice. The state government also chose to terminate from service the policemen accused in the case. And today, the impunity of those in power makes them defend the rape of women and even of an 8-year-old girl.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on April 13 led a midnight march to the India Gate in the heart of the national capital to demand justice for the Kathua and Unnao rape victims. "We have to keep this civilization alive", she said.

"My only wish is the culprits should be hanged for the heinous crime, so that no other family has to go through it", she says.

According to the Crime Branch of the J&K Police, the girl was kept hostage in the temple and given sedatives and raped before being killed and dumped in the area. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.

During investigation, the police arrested the caretaker and alleged he was the mastermind behind the kidnapping, rape and killing of the girl from a nomadic tribe.

More than 500 people gathered at the Parliament Street in Delhi with "Not in My Name" banners, demanding the immediate dismissal of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly protecting Kuldeep Singh Sengar, his party's Unnao MLA, in the rape case.

On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the Crime Branch which formed a special investigation team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable.

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