Kathua Rape: BJP Minister Who Resigned Leads Protest for CBI Probe
Hundreds gathered on 12 April midnight in New Delhi to protest against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.
Hundreds gathered on 12 April midnight in New Delhi to protest against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.(Photo: Mythreyee Ramesh/The Quint)

Kathua Rape: BJP Minister Who Resigned Leads Protest for CBI Probe

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BJP Minister Coudhary Lal Singh, who resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet, led protests on Monday, 30 April, demanding a CBI probe into the rape case.

Meanwhile, vaginal swab reports of the minor victim, who was brutally raped and murdered in Kathua, matched that of the accused.

Conducted by the Delhi Forensic Science Laboratory, the various tests examined 14 packets of evidence that contained vaginal swabs, blood samples of four accused, hair strands, viscera of the minor, her frock and salwar, simple clay, and blood-stained clay.

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  • Shridhar Patil replaced Suleman Choudhary as the Kathua SP
  • Students protest across Kashmir demanding justice for Kathua victim
  • SC directs the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide the victim’s family and lawyer adequate security
  • The accused pleaded not guilty in the district and sessions court, demanding a narco test

Also Read: Kathua Rape: Accused Plead Not Guilty in Court, Demand Narco Test

KEY EVENT

SC Issues Notice to J&K Govt on Plea Seeking Transfer of Case

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice asking the Jammu and Kashmir government to reply to the plea filed by the victim’s family, seeking to transfer the case to Chandigarh.

Seeking a response, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the state to provide adequate security to the victim's family, their lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat, her family and Talib Hussain – a member of local Bakarwal community – who is helping the victim's family in the case.

Senior counsel Indira Jaising, appealing for the victim's father, expressed satisfaction with the investigation and told the court that they wanted transfer of the trail so that it could be a fair one.

The court directed the next hearing of the matter on 27 April.

KEY EVENT

Accused Plead Not Guilty in Trial Court

The eight people accused of raping and killing an eight-year-old girl in Kathua pleaded not guilty and asked the district and sessions judge for a narco test.

As the trial in the case, which has become the focal point of outrage across the country, began in Jammu, District and Sessions Judge Sanjay Gupta asked the state Crime Branch to give copies of the chargesheet to the accused.

The next date of hearing is reportedly on 28 April.

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KEY EVENT

Lal Singh Takes out Rally for CBI Probe in Kathua Rape; Calls for JK CM 's Resignation

BJP leader Lal Singh, who had resigned from the state Cabinet over the Kathua rape and murder case, today led a rally in support of a CBI probe into the incident and called for the resignation of J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti for her "failure" to address the issue.

Singh and Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga had resigned on 13 April over their participation in an earlier rally in support of the accused in the gangrape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua district.

The former forest minister said the Chief Minister had failed to understand popular sentiment and was yet to seek a CBI probe into the brutal incident.

It is her (Mehbooba Mufti's) biggest failure. If she has wisdom and conscience, she should resign,” Singh told reporters.

“If two ministers can sacrifice their posts in the interest of peace, those who are actually responsible for creating such an atmosphere should listen to their conscience,” he said, targeting the PDP leader.

Singh also said that he would press for a CBI probe into the incident.

KEY EVENT

All BJP Ministers to Resign from Cabinet

The BJP on Wednesday, 18 April, asked all its nine ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet to submit their resignations to enable the party bring in new faces in the two-year-old Mehbooba Mufti Cabinet, party leaders said.

The state can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the chief minister, out of which 14 portfolios are with the PDP and the remaining with the BJP. According to top state government sources, the reshuffle is likely to take place on 20 April.

The decision follows hectic parleys between senior BJP leader Avinash Khanna and party legislators, the sources said.

KEY EVENT

President Kovind, J&K CM Mufti Condemn Kathua Incident

Speaking at the sixth convocation of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra, President Kovind addressed the brutal Kathua incident.

After 70 years of independence, such an incident occurring in any part of the country is shameful. We have to think about what kind of society we are developing. It is our responsibility to ensure such a thing does not happen to any girl or woman.
President Kovind

J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, speaking at the same event, also commented on the cruelty the victim had to face.

How can someone do such a cruel thing to a small girl who is a manifestation of Mata Vaishno Devi. There is something wrong with society.
Mehbooba Mufti, J&K Chief Minister
KEY EVENT

12 Students Injured During Protests in Kashmir

Students from various colleges and educational institutions carried out protests across Kashmir demanding justice for the eight-year-old who was brutally raped and murdered in Kathua, reported The Indian Express.

The clashes between the students and police personnel turned violent and over a dozen students have been reportedly injured. However, a police spokesman told the Indian Express that only two protesters and two policemen were injured.

No One Will Be Spared: Waheed Ur Rehman, PDP Leader

Speaking to News18, PDP leader Waheed Ur Rehman said, “There is evidence against people arrested. Strong evidence. Everything will be proven in the court of law. No one will be spared and no innocent will be punished. No political party can afford to support such heinous acts.”

Didn't Support Lawyers' Protest: Jammu HC Bar Association to SC

Jammu High Court Bar Association tells SC that it did not support the lawyers ‘protest in connection with Kathua gangrape-murder case, reports news agency PTI.

Massive Clashes in Shopian

Massive clashes erupted between students and police forces in Kashmir’s Shopian on Thursday, 19 April. Schools and colleges remained close to avoid tension in the Valley, reported News18.

The Valley has been witnessing violent clashes since yesterday with students demanding justice for the Kathua rape victim.

Also Read: Even Discussing the Rape Issue Feels Disgusting: Amitabh Bachchan

Tests Nail Kathua Accused

Tests by the Delhi Forensic Science Laboratory have reportedly nailed the accused in the brutal rape and murder of the eight-year-old minor in Kathua. Vaginal swab reports of the victim has matched with that of the accused, according to an Indian Express report.

This conclusion was reached after examining 14 packets of evidence that contained vaginal swabs, blood samples of four accused, hair strands, viscera of the minor, her frock and salwar, simple clay, and blood stained clay. The samples were tested between 1 and 21 March.

Senior lab official told The Indian Express that the samples were tested positive for rape, and the DNA samples of the accused matched those collected by the J&K police.

Sources in the Delhi government home department told The Indian Express that one of the parcels they were sent had two hair strands with roots. They were seemingly found in the temple where the child was allegedly raped. The roots of the hair strands helped in DNA identification.

The evidence on the frock was mostly destroyed as it had been washed with detergent, but a drop of blood remained. That was an incidental discovery.
An official to The Indian Express

This development strengthens the case.

New SP Appointed

Shridhar Patil on Saturday replaced Suleman Choudhary as the Superintendent of Police of Kathua.

Former J&K Minister Choudhary Lal Singh Leads Protests for CBI Probe

Former Jammu and Kashmir minister and BJP MLA Choudhary Lal Sigh, who resigned from the cabinet led protests demanding a CBI priobe in the rape case.

Speaking to ANI, he said:

Jis din se resignation hua hai, main CBI inquiry ke peeche pada hoon aur main yeh karwaake hi chhodunga. (From the day I resigned, I have been demanding a CBI probe, and I will defientely get it done.)

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