Kathua: Bar association withdraws offer to contest accused's case for free

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Citing the BJP's decision to remove two of its Jammu and Kashmir ministers, who had joined the public protests against the probe, Union minister Prakash Javadekar wondered if Congress president Rahul Gandhi would only point fingers at others but maintain silence on the comments of his party's Jammu and Kashmir unit chief.

The protestors demanded immediate dismissal of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly shielding his party legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping a 17-year-old girl who had gone to his residence seeking a job.

"That when you arrive and address "Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath", you can tell us and the world that those extraordinary measures are that you are putting into place to show that enough is enough", they said.

The girl's body was found a week after she disappeared from near home in January.

"It has strengthened my belief that Jammu serves as a model of inclusiveness and together the people of J&K inspire secular unity and righteousness", she said, adding that this serves as a cue that the people of Jammu and Kashmir can hold a beacon of hope for the whole country amid harshly polarised discourse.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday has accepted the resignation of its two cabinet ministers Lal sing and CP Ganga, who took part in a rally supporting those accused of raping and killing a young girl in Kathua.

The top court said lawyers' bodies have a solemn duty to not obstruct advocates representing the Kathua rape-murder accused or the victims' family in courts.

Both the ministers had maintained yesterday that they had been sent by the party to Kathua to understand the ground situation. The incident happened while she was on her way to the court, she said.

On Friday, when the girl was playing outside, Jena lured her to his house with chocolates and raped her, according to police.

"Since the case is fixed on April 19 and the team is going on April 20, we will seek two or three days adjournment in the Supreme Court", Mishra said. The 08-year-old girl was held captive in a temple, sedated and gang-raped multiple times before being murdered by the accused.

In Odisha, police said a 4-year-old girl was raped by a youth in Balasore district.

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