India Kathua rape-murder case: We have failed the eight-year-old girl as humans, says VK Singh

16:30  12 april  2018
16:30  12 april  2018 Source:   indianexpress.com

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A group of lawyers of Kathua Bar Association, on Monday, prevented Crime Branch (CB) of Jammu and Kashmir Police from filing charge sheet into rape -and- murder of eight year old girl Asifa Bano at the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Kathua .

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday described the attempt of Kathua Bar Association and certain political parties of Jammu to prevent Crime Branch from filing a charge sheet against the criminals involved in the brutal rape and murder of eight year old girl child Asifa as

Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh on Thursday said the country has failed the eight-year-old girl, who was allegedly gangraped and killed in J&K's Kathua district. He, however, added that the girl will not be denied justice. Singh is the first person from the government to respond to the incident that sparked outrage and led to large-scale protests in the state.

a man making a face for the camera: Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh © express web desk Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh

The victim, a Bakherwal Muslim girl, went missing from her house in Rasana in Kathua on January 10. She was held captive under the influence of sedatives for days at a "devsthan" (prayer hall). Her body was later dumped in the forests nearby. It was found seven days after she went missing. On Wednesday, The Indian Express reported details of the 18-page chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch, which named eight people as accused.

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A group of lawyers of Kathua Bar Association, on Monday, prevented Crime Branch (CB) of Jammu and Kashmir Police from filing charge sheet into rape -and- murder of eight year old girl Asifa Bano at the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Kathua .

Union minister V K Singh on Thursday expressed distress at the Kathua gang- rape and murder incident which has sparked outrage. “ We as humans ” have failed the eight - year - old girl , but she will not be denied justice, Singh said .

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J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said proper procedures were being followed and investigations were being fast tracked to ensure justice for the victim. "The Law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions & statements of a group of people. Proper procedures are being followed, investigations are on the fast track & justice will be delivered," she tweeted.

Watch video: Minister VK Singh tweets #JusticeForAsifa



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National Conference (NC), the main opposition party in the state, also demanded transfer of the case from Kathua to any other court for a free and fair trial in the backdrop of lawyers’ protests. While appreciating the police’s role, former chief minister Omar Abdullah sought action against the two BJP ministers without naming them. He tweeted, “Action by @JmuKmrPolice against the Kathua mob masquerading as lawyers let’s not forget the mob were emboldened by the actions/words of two BJP ministers in @MehboobaMufti’s cabinet. What about action against them?’’

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New Delhi: Highlights. 8 - year - old Asifa was raped and murdered in Jammu in January. Certain groups have protested against the prosecution of the accused. VK Singh is the first central minister to talk about justice for the girl .

Kathua rape - murder case : Lawyers booked for bid to prevent police from filing chargesheet. "An 8 year old girl is raped & murdered and these so called lawyers do not want to see justice delivered".

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The rape and murder case also led to a communal rift in the area, especially Kathua, where an outfit called Hindu Ekta Manch was set up by politicians cutting across party lines. Local BJP leaders, including Forest Minister Lal Singh, alleged that police were carrying out the arrests under political pressure and demanded that the CBI take over the case. They had also called a bandh in Jammu to protest against the police action.

According to sources, the Crime Branch’s investigations found that the girl’s murder was allegedly part of a conspiracy to force the Bakherwals to move out of the area.

Manmohan Singh on Kathua, Unnao rape cases: ‘PM Modi should follow own advice to me, speak more often’ .
Manmohan Singh on Kathua, Unnao rape cases: ‘PM Modi should follow own advice to me, speak more often’In an exclusive interview, Singh said he was glad that Modi finally broke his silence last Friday at an event in Delhi commemorating the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, when he said the “daughters of India” will get justice and the guilty won’t be spared.

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