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

Protestors block the Jammu Pathankot highway in Kathua during the Jammu Bandh on Wednesday

Protestors block the Jammu Pathankot highway in Kathua during the Jammu Bandh on Wednesday

"Time has come to fully retrieve the people of the State from the morass, with their honor and dignity intact, through a series of confidence building measure", Ms. Mufti said.

CM Mehbooba has written to the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, seeking a fast track court hearing for the Kathua case, so as to conclude the trial within 90 days, for the case that has caused nationwide outrage.

A week later, her body was recovered from Rassana forest in Kathua district of Jammu on January 17.

The victim's family now believe that the only way they can get justice is if the case is moved out of Jammu.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called a high-level meeting at her residence on Saturday to discuss the brutal Kathua gangrape and murder.

"They have submitted their resignations to state BJP president", BJP General Secretary in occupied Kashmir, Ashok Kaul, in an interview said.

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Doesn't what Lal Singh said reminds us of a similar statement made by another BJP MLA in Uttar Pradesh that 'it was impossible to rape a mother of three children. And the fact that the lawyers and politicians of the state have taken to the streets to protest against the charge sheet filed against the perpetrators is an even more shocking news. "The way the people of this country adopted [the girl], the way they raised their voice, the way they helped us uphold the credibility of the investigation..." But forensic reports showed that the victim had been drugged, repeatedly raped, bludgeoned with a rock and strangled.

The HEM demanded the release of the accused arrested by the police and hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

On April 13, Prime Minister Modi said that such incident is "shameful and can not be part of a civilised society". "It was felt that the crime branch was trying to specifically target Hindu families of not just the village where the crime took place but also several nearby villages", said Vijay Sharma, a Jammu-based advocate and BJP leader who spearheads the manch.

Meanwhile, PM Modi said, while speaking at the inauguration of B R Ambedkar Memorial at Delhi's Alipur Road: "I want to assure the nation that no culprit would be spared".

He arrived here earlier on Saturday to chair a Bharatiya Janata Party legislature meet at the party headquarters.

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