Kathua rape: Two Bharatiya Janata Party cabinet ministers quit

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Under fire for reportedly participating in a protest against investigations into the Kathua rape case, two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir cabinet sent their resignations to state BJP chief Sat Sharma on Friday evening. Her body was found in the same area a week later. 12 years old [was] raped and burnt with petroleum.

Lekhi said the accused in the rape cases needs to be punished. 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.

Amid worldwide outrage over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua district of Indian Occupied Kashmir, Chauhan has given a weird theory, saying enemy agents are involved in stirring unrest in the contested valley. The Assam rape case had led to tension in the region as it was alleged that the accused were Bangladeshi migrants. She was abducted on January 10 and was later strangled to death on January 14. "The accused, Zakir Hussain, was 21-year-old and had two accomplices", she said. "Victims don't have religions".

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Stressing on the unhappy alliance, he stated that we are supposed to be partners in restoring this place, but due to non-fulfilling of commitments, "we have ended up being partners in a crime that an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood". She had accused Sengar, the MLA of Bangarmau, only a month later, the BJP spokesperson added.

The prime suspect in the case has also been charged with bribing local police officials, including a Sub-Inspector and a Head Constable, to destroy evidence. He was an accused in an Arms Act case.

"The two BJP ministers were misled by a few people", Bharatiya Janata Party MP and spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told media in New Delhi. She said people who were raising the issue of two rapes cases in Unnao and Kathua were silent on this incident.