'Ashamed' B-Town biggies demand justice for Kathua rape victim


Leading the demonstration, former vice-president of JNU students union Shehla Rashid said it was a protest against blatant attempts to communalise the case and warned BJP "to keep its dirty politics out of Jammu and Kashmir". Her body was recovered on January 17, from the forest of the Rasana village - mutilated and rotting. The chargesheet has thrown up sordid details like how she was confined in a temple, sedated and repeatedly raped.

She warned: "We are giving 30 days to the central and the state governments to get their act together on the issue of women safety in the capital".

The J&K police's Crime Branch earlier this week filed two separate chargesheets against eight accused in the case in a court at Kathua in spite of resistance by a group of local lawyers.

Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the BJP MLA from Unnao, has been accused of raping a Dalit teenager. The police have arrested eight people in the case, but the Bar Association has opposed the action alleging "targeting of minority Dogras". She was drugged so that she could be sexually assaulted again before being bludgeoned to death.

Salathia alleged that a member of the probing team was involved in case of rape and murder of a minor girl in Doda, and was in jail for over one-and-a-half years.

Slamming Modi over his day-long fast against the washout of the second part of Parliament's budget session due to disruptions, which the BJP blames on the Congress, Sibal said: "Why don't you fast against incidents of rape?"

The charge sheeted in the case include, Sanji Ram, his nephew, Sanji Ram's son Vishal Jangotra, a friend of the nephew, a police sub-inspector, a head constable and two special police officers.

"Prime Minister is silent over the incidents of rape in Unnao (in Uttar Pradesh) and Kathua", Sibal told the media.

"Kashmir is already burning due to failure of State Govt on all counts, now the efforts are being made to disturb the peace and tranquility in Jammu", he added.

In a tweet, posted on 23 December 2012, she had said, "Wonder y d PM can address d Nation on FDI but not on d challenge d Nation faces wid regards to women's safety".