Kathua Rape Case: Ministers were 'misled' into joining protest march says BJP

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"Expressing anguish over gang-rape and brutal murder of eight-year-old girl in Kathua of Jammu region, main opposition National Conference (NC) on Friday warned of launching a civil disobedience movement in the state, if the government failed to act against the two BJP ministers, who allegedly participated in "pro-rapist" rally".

Commerce and industries minister Chandra Prakash Ganga and forest minister Chaudhary Lal Singh, who took part in a rally to support the Kathua gangrape accused, had to resign due to pressure.

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"The lesson for them is allow the law to take its own course before opening your mouth", Lekhi said.

In Unnao, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother Atul Singh Sengar are accused of raping a 16-year-old teenager at their residence on June 4, 2017. Her body was recovered a week later on January 17 in the same area. "The J&K police conducted a thorough investigation and have arrested the accused", she said. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Dr Ambedkar National Memorial, PM Modi said crimes against women have shamed the country and the culprits won't be spared. It also demanded the release of a police officer accused of involvement in the rape and murder of the girl. She was abducted on January 10 and was later strangled to death on January 14.

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To a question on whether she highlighted the Assam case because of the accused's religion, she rejected such a notion and said she was taking a dig at those who were only highlighting the Kathua and Unnao cases and maintaining a silence on the other cases.

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. "The two BJP ministers were misled by a few people", BJP MP and spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told the media.

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