Chandigarh, Apr 13 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today described the rape and killing of the 8-year-old girl in Kathua as “sickening perversity” and sought “exemplary punishment” for those involved in the crime.

“Sickening perversity that deserves only exemplary punishment. Nothing can justify the horrific crime perpetrated against an 8-year-old. It’s not the time to procrastinate or politicise, but to rise in one voice for #IfThisWasYourChild #Kathua (sic),” he tweeted.

The girl, who was from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, disappeared near her house in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, 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.

Jammu has been tense since the brutal rape and murder of the girl.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.