Srinagar, Apr 13: As anger was brewing on Kathua gangrape and murder case, two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday submitted their resignations to the party’s state chief Sat Sharma. BJP ministers Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, who took part in a rally in support of Khathua gangrape and murder accused, submitted their resignations.
The resignations came at a time when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was condemning the rape incidents. 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. “Incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilised society. As a country, as a society, we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice,” PM Modi said.
Earlier on Friday, the BJP said the two leaders were “misled and misguided” by people. “The two BJP ministers were misled by a few people,” BJP MP and spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told the media. “When you are in public life, people come to you with their version… So, the lesson to them is not to believe one side or the other and let the law take its course,” she said, adding that they should not have joined the protest.
An eight-year-old girl was abducted and raped over and over before being horrendously murdered by a group of men in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua. She was held captive inside a temple and was sedated before being repeatedly raped and murdered.
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. The girl attempted self-immolation on April 8 in front of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence to protest against alleged inaction. Her father died in jail, the next day.