Srinagar, Apr 13 (PTI) Former chief minister Omar Abdullah today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence over the rape cases in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

In Unnao, a minor girl was allegedly raped by a BJP MLA, while in Kathua an eight-year-old girl was raped and killed.

“When the Hon PM goes abroad & claims to be representing 1.3 billion Indians he doesn’t mean it because if he did he would have two words of sympathy for the victims in #Kathua & #Unnao,” Omar tweeted earlier in the day.

However, this evening, in his first comments on the gruesome incidents of rape in Unnao and Kathua, Modi said that no criminal will be spared and daughters will get justice.

In another tweet, the National Conference leader said, “Hon PM sir, there isn’t a day when we don’t hear you speak about things that are important to you yet there are times when you are completely silent about things that are important to others.” Abdullah requested the prime minister not to let the girl be “someone you choose to remain silent about”.

The rape and killing of the girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal community, has become a national issue.

The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua on January 10.

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

A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.

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