BJP ministers resign, party to take call tomorrow

A copy of the chargesheet against the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case

A copy of the chargesheet against the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case

Reacting to a petition submitted by a group of lawyers of the court, the Supreme Court on Friday (May 14) made a decision to take suo motu cognizance of the barbaric rape and murder of an 8-year-old nomadic girl in the Kathua region of Jammu and the lawyers' action in not allowing the police to file chargesheets in this.

The resignation comes in the backdrop of outrage over their participation in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch to support accused in Asifa rape-and-murder case.

The rally was organized in the month of March. "The final call on them will be taken at the meeting of the BJP legislators on Saturday", BJP spokesman Ashok Kaul told The Hindu.

The decision came after a group of Supreme Court lawyers approached the Court and sought action against Kathua Bar Association & Jammu Bar Association.

The eight-year-old girl from the Bakerwal nomadic tribe was brutally gang-raped and murdered in Kathua district in January.

#7. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court (SC) said today it will, of its own accord, examine the horrific Kathua rape incident, provided advocates presented the facts of the case to the court in writing.

The eight-year-old girl's body was recovered from a forest in Kathua on January 18, a week after she disappeared while herding horses.

For around a week, a leading Srinagar-based English daily was reluctant to even report allegations of rape even though the incident rocked the state Assembly that time. "Am deeply, deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua, and all the recent rape cases".

Questioning why some cases were being given prominence while others were not, Lekhi said "politicisation" of atrocities against children and women should not happen.

Prime minister Narendra Modi is yet to break his silence and condemn both the incidents in strongest words. "Our names should not be part of judicial record", said the lawyer.

He was an accused in an Arms Act case.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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