Kochi, Apr 14 (PTI) A case was registered today against a former bank employee for allegedly justifying the “gangrape and killing” of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Vishnu Nandakumar, who had triggered a social media furore with his alleged Facebook comments against the Kathua rape victim, was charged under section 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the IPC, they added.

The case was registered at the Panangad police station here. The police said the action was initiated against Nandakumar on the basis of complaints from various individuals and groups.

The Kotak Mahindra Bank, which had sacked Nandakumar for “poor performance” on April 11, had yesterday condemned the alleged Facebook comments of its former employee.

“It is extremely disheartening to see such comments being made in the aftermath of such a tragedy by anyone, including an ex-employee. We strongly condemn this statement,” bank spokesperson Rohit Rao had said.

Nandakumar, who worked as the assistant manager at a Kotak Mahindra Bank branch here, had allegedly justified the killing of the rape victim, saying she would have grown up to be a terrorist.

“It’s better to kill her now, otherwise tomorrow she may become a human bomb against India,” he had allegedly written in Malayalam.

The vile comment had led to an uproar on the social media, with people demanding action against Nandakumar.

The eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community had gone missing from near her house in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district on January 10.

A week later, her body was found from the same area.

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