New Delhi, Apr 13: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath broke their silence on Kathua and Unnao rape cases, respectively. Both the leaders have assured that strict action will be taken against the culprits no matter how influential they are. While Mufti asserted that a new law of death penalty for those who rape minors will be brought in, Adityanath assured that the UP government will not compromise on the Unnao rape case.

“Investigation has been handed over to the CBI. I believe the CBI would have arrested the MLA also. Our government will not compromise on this, no matter how influential the accused is, he will not be spared,” CM Yogi Adityanath said, news agency ANI reported.

J&K CM Mufti on Thursday took to Twitter and said that no other will suffer in this way. She added that a new law will be brought to award death penalty to those who rape minors so that the eight-year-old victim’s case becomes the last.

Unnao Rape Case

Earlier in the day, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) detained JP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in connection with the Unnao rape case. The development comes a few hours after the Unnao rape case investigation was handed over to the CBI following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention.

The CBI registered three cases against Kuldeep Singh Sengar under Sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abduction of woman), 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the Protection of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and currently, according to the reports, the BJP MLA is being questioned at CBI’s Lucknow office. (Also Read: FIR Filed Against Kuldeep Singh Sengar, BJP MLA Meets SSP to ‘Know’ About it)

The FIRs were filed on the basis of a special probe team’s report submitted to the government on the rape of an 18-year-old girl. The teen had accused the MLA of raping her in June last year. The victim’s family also accused Sengar’s brother, Atul Singh Sengar, of thrashing the victim’s father while he was in police custody. Up to six police personnel were also suspended for allegedly beating up the victim’s father, who died on April 09.

Kathua Rape Case

In January 2018, an eight-year-old girl from the Bakarwal Muslim community was kidnapped, kept in the temple managed by the main conspirator Sanji Ram, continuously drugged, gangraped and then murdered. Her lifeless body was found in a forest near the site she was held captive for four days.

The chargesheet filed in the Kathua rape case stated that the motive of the crime was to drive away the Muslim Bakarwal community from the Hiranagar tehsil. Another reason for the gangrape was cow slaughter by the Bakarwal community members.

Accused Ram had also been motivating others from the Hindu community to not let Bakarwal community members graze horses in their fields. Due to this, the general impression among the Hindu community members was that the Bakarwals indulge in “cow slaughter” and “drug trafficking” which was turning their children into “drug addicts”.