Congress seeks court-monitored probe into Kathua case

Congress seeks court-monitored probe into Kathua case

Congress seeks court-monitored probe into Kathua case

Almost 250 to 300 students, majority of them girls belonging to Mysore University Vidyarthi Horata Samithi, staged a protest against the gang rape and killing of eight-year old Asifa in Kathua District of Jammu and Kashmir, in front of the Centenary Clock Tower in Manasangangothri campus here this morning.

The bench also directed the state police to provide adequate security to the juvenile delinquent, who has been picked up in relation to the case at the observation home under the law. All the accused volunteering to undergo a narco-analysis test.

They also condemned the Kathua Bar Association for blocking the challan by Crime Branch a few days back, saying that "those lawyers should be arrested and stern action must be taken against them".

Asserting that justice delayed is justice denied, he further appealed to the Government to give justice for all the rape victims at the earliest. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.

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The eighth accused in the case is a juvenile who moved a bail application before chief judicial magistrate (CJM) A.S. Langeh. The next date of hearing in the case is April 25.

"There are bound to be pressures...but if it is carried to such an extent that you can condone the sad demise of an eight-year-old girl having been raped and kept for a week in a temple, that is the most shocking thing", Singh said.

The gangrape and murder of the eight-year-old girl, who belonged to nomadic Muslim community, took place in the Kathua district in January. They (police) may file a supplementary charge sheet.

"The way the government responds now will determine whether we as a nation and as a republic have the capacity to overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order within which we function", the letter said.

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Two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers - Chandra Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh - have resigned following accusations of attending the rally in support of the alleged culprits of the crime.

The petition filed by advocate Sunil Fernandes also seeks protection for local lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat, who is representing the girl's family.

He added the victim, has not yet been identified and that police from Gujarat's neighbouring states have been asked to help trace her family. Both the alliance partners - the BJP and the PDP - had separate legislature party meetings in Srinagar and Jammu yesterday to discuss the situation arising out of the polarisation in the state over the rape-cum-murder of the girl.

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