Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Kathua horror: Can we deliver justice to Aasifa?

Kathua horror: Can we deliver justice to Aasifa?

The lawyers filed the petition after the court asked them to file "something on record".

In a major climbdown, senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh expressed satisfaction over the investigation of the Crime Branch in the rape and murder case.

A group of lawyers including P V Dinesh, Gopal Shankar Narayanan and Shobha Gupta said that an advocate for victim's family was also given threats and obstructed from appearing in the court.

"The Ministry of Women and Child Development intends to bring an amendment in POCSO Act asking for death penalty for rape on children below 12 years of age", Maneka had said in a video message. Her dead body was recovered from the Rassana forest on January 17. After FIRs were filed against lawyers indulging in such obstruction, the District Bar Association of Kathua, with support from the Jammu High Bar Association, called for a city-wide bandh on April 11.

Hashim Qureshi, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party (JKDLP) on Friday condemned the rape and murder of 8 year old girl Asifa in Kutha.

Note: We thank The Quint, which first broke this exclusive story.

Referring to the Unnao rape case, Lekhi said the police had got the victims statement recorded before a magistrate past year, in which she had not named the MLA.

Distancing itself from the bandh call, JCCI President Rakesh Gupta said: "We worship Maa Lakshmi and Maa Durga".

On Monday, lawyers in Kathua had tried to block the filing of a chargesheet in the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua.

The BJP leader accused the Congress and the J&K National Panthers Party of "communalising the case".

"Is it a crime to get misled?" she asked, adding that the people get misled and this can happen with anyone. A total of eight accused, including a juvenile and two Special Police Officers (SPOs), have been arrested.

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