Kathua rape: Bar council forms team to probe case, Jammu lawyers' conduct

Kathua rape: Bar council forms team to probe case, Jammu lawyers' conduct

Mumbai: Posters carrying words and visuals expressing anger and disgust marked protests against the Kathua rape and murder and the rape case ion Unnao across the city, as citizens came together to demand justice for the victims.

Kour, who was flanked by several members of the Women's Wing of the Association and as well as its spokesperson Gagan Basotra, said we are now satisfied that the case has reached the Supreme Court and we are satisfied that justice will be delivered to the minor girl.

The protesters demanded justice against the gruesome act and capital punishment for the culprits who are involved in the rape and murder of the minor nomad girl. The chargesheet names Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the Devisthan, a small temple in Rassana village in Kathua, as the mastermind behind the abduction, rape, and killing. There is also a sharp contrast between the strictly professional manner with which senior officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Police Crime Branch investigated the case in Kathua and the connivance of the state administration in Uttar Pradesh to protect the politically powerful from charges of rape and murder. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.

As per the 15-page chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch in the chief judicial magistrate's court on Monday, the entire crime was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority Bakherwal nomadic community from the area. Meanwhile, another case was reported in Unnao of Uttar Pradesh where a BJP MLA is a prime suspect.

Stressing the urgency of responding to the challenges in Jammu and Kashmir through tangible political measures before the crisis degenerates into a catastrophe, Mehbooba said the people of J&K, irrespective of their age, gender, status or political affiliation, had been suffering the disastrous consequences of the political uncertainties plaguing the state.

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"The Law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions and statements of a group of people".

"Two BJP ministers took part in Hindu Ekta Manch protests in favor of culprits and Mehbooba government woke up after three months". She has also decided to make a new law which will make death penalty mandatory for raping of any minor in J&K.

Under criticism from various quarters over its ongoing 12-day long agitation pressing for demands including handing over the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI, the Jammu High Court Bar Association (JHCBA) on Sunday welcomed the Supreme Court intervention into the matter and said it has full faith in the Apex Court. Candlelight vigils were also held in some places. For if they win, we lose our country.

Also, in Siachen glacier in northern Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani troops have fought intermittently since 1984.

According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have reportedly been killed in the conflict in the region since 1989.

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