United Nations terms Kathua rape case 'horrific', hopes perpetrators are brought to justice

Jeannie Matthews
April 15, 2018

As a effect of the Kathua rape case, both the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government will soon put in place a comprehensive plan to provide adequate security cover to nomadic tribes, specially those belonging to the minority community, whenever they are camping in the Jammu region.

The gruesome rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu & Kashmir's Kathua district had sparked outrage across the country. The child was allegedly abducted while out to graze her family's horses on 10 January, and found dead a week later.

Unnao and Kathua rape cases have enraged the entire country with people from all walks of life and from all parts of India nearly unanimously calling out for jsutice for the victims and harsh punishment for those found guilty. CM Mufti wrote to the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, requesting setting up of a special fast track court to try the gang rape and murder of the Kathua victim. The daughters will get justice.

Jalla, a 1994 batch officer of J&K cadre along with his investigating teams had worked round the clock despite constant protests and tremendous pressure from those supporting the accused (which includes the BJP minister who had also participated in the protest march of the Hindu Ekta March). "We strongly condemn the atrocities against women in various parts of the country". But forensic reports showed that the victim had been drugged, repeatedly raped, bludgeoned with a rock and strangled.

The meeting of PDP legislators and senior party leaders in Srinagar "praised the role played by the BJP in the Kathua case".

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"The CBI investigation was demanded to find out and bring on surface as to who actually had started playing communal card during the entire period of time". These nomadic tribes camp in deserted areas near forests or outskirts of villages with their livestock thus making them more vulnerable to possible attacks as was witnessed in the Kathua incident.

After facing severe criticism from the people and Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence and said that the culprits behind the both rape cases will be punished.

"This serves as a cue that the people of Jammu and Kashmir can hold a beacon of hope for the whole country amid the harshly polarized discourse", she added.

"Everytime our government's fail our people, it becomes the duty of the citizens to come together and support those in need".

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