Uttam leads candlelight march to protest Kathua, Unnao rapes

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"Imagine what goes through the mind of an 8 yr old as she is drugged, held captive, gang raped over days and then murdered".

"While it may seem to get bogged down by different discourses at times, it's DNA of love and compassion always remains the same", she added.

Yesterday, on April 13, Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers who shielded the accused men in the Kathua rape case resigned from their post after coalition partner puts its pressure on saffron party. It became heavily politicised and two BJP ministers from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's cabinet, who defended the accused, had to be shunted out. The murder of the child, who belonged to a nomadic Muslim community, outraged the country after details were exposed in a police chargesheet last week.

However, the bar will explore the legal option for CBI probe so that the real culprits (may be they are the same as mentioned in charge sheet of crime branch) are punished with the capital punishment and nothing less than that.

Jammu: The family of the eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua has chose to request the Supreme Court to transfer the trial to another state. "We want justice to the poor departed soul whereas it is evident that the fringe elements are making it communal under an agenda", he said.

It would complete trial in 90 days and would be the first such court in state, they said.

The CBI filed three FIRs late on Thursday over the rape and the victim's father's death in police custody.

He condemned the BJP leaders who had attended a rally organised by the extremist Hindu organizations Hindu Ekta Manch in Kathua and had questioned the credibility of the police and Crime Branch. Amnesty International said the "disgraceful" attempts by lawyers and right-wing groups to obstruct the investigation showed "how deep the bigotry around this case runs".

She hailed the country's political leadership, the judiciary, the media and the civil society for standing with the Jammu and Kashmir government to ensure justice for the eight-year-old victim in the case.

Ram Madhav had arrived here earlier in the day to chair the meeting. On Thursday midnight, hundreds of people, including Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders, led a candlelight vigil at the India Gate in the national capital.