Amidst nationwide outrage over the rape and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi defended the two party's ministers, who had joined a rally against the police probe in the Kathua rape and murder case, claiming that they were "misled" into attending the protest. The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17 - almost a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.
He said that the entire Nation is eying on situation arising out of the brutal murder and rape of Asifa, feeling highly concerned about what is going on under PDP BJP rule in the State, awesome the Senior Cabinet Ministers were hell bent upon to give protection to the culprits under the garb of politics of polarization, he added.
The charge sheet has revealed that the girl was held in a temple, drugged, gang-raped and later killed.
"The Core Group expressed solidarity with the victim's family and resolved that the party will not cooperate with the state government until and unless the two erring Cabinet ministers are sacked for their unacceptable, abhorrent and criminal behavior in the light of this tragedy and its politicisation", he said.
During initial investigations, the police arrested a juvenile. "It is not political, but national", he had said at the candlelight march. The Assam rape case had led to tension in the region as it was alleged that the accused were Bangladeshi migrants.
A minor girl was raped and then the accused had poured kerosene on her and burnt her to death, the BJP leader said and named an accused - Zakir Hussain - who was arrested. Another case was also reported in April. "Victims don't have religions".
The prime suspect in the case has also been charged with bribing local police officials, including a Sub-Inspector and a Head Constable, to destroy evidence. She said people who were raising the issue of two rapes cases in Unnao and Kathua were silent on this incident.