New Delhi, April 12: Union Minister V K Singh raised his voice demanding justice for the 8-year-old girl, who was gang-raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua region. Demanding justice for the minor victim, VK Singh tweeted, “We have failed her as humans. But she will not be denied justice.” Singh is the first minister in the Modi government to raise support for the eight-year-old victim.
The 8-year-old girl, who belonged to a Nomadic Muslim Bakerwal community, was abducted from near her village on January 10, sedated inside a village temple, gang-raped repeatedly for days and killed by a group of men that included a police officer and a teenager.
The incident outraged the entire country after some lawyers in Jammu tried to prevent the Crime Branch from filing a chargesheet in the case. According to the media reports, one of the accused of rape is a student who travelled to Jammu and Kashmir from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh to commit the crime.
The 8-year-olds body was found in the forest of Kathua region on January 17, after which the child’s relatives, community and locals started protest seeking justice for the victim. The incident shook the entire country with politicians and celebrities raising their voices against the heinous crime.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also tweeted on the incident. “The Law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions and statements of a group of people. Proper procedures are being followed, investigations are on the fast track & justice will be delivered,” tweeted Mufti.
Eight people allegedly involved in the rape and murder have been arrested. One of the main accused in the case is a retired officer from revenue department who planned the crime to drive away the Bakerwal community from the Hiranagar tehsil.