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Kathua Rape Case: BJP Ministers In J&K Govt Resign After Criticism

15 April 2018

The victim's family also alleged that the accused MLA's brother, Atul Singh Sengar, along with his companions also raped the girl and thrashed the victim's father on April 3 for refusing to withdraw the FIR over the same. Sengar is facing several charges under the Indian Penal Code, including sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping to compel a woman to marry), 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said, "The police has completed the probe and now it is in the court of law".

The survivor's uncle however accused the Unnao administration of conniving to save the legislator. The only way to escape, the police official allegedly told him, is to either surrender or "manage" Babina MLA Rajiv Singh Parichha and BJP's district unit president Sanjay Dubey.

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Sengar was on Saturday remanded to CBI custody for seven days in the case by a Lucknow court. As for Kathua, an eight-year-old girl was kidnapped, sedated, raped and murdered.

The agency arrested Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the prime accused in the case, last night after 16 hours of questioning at its office in Lucknow.

With opposition led by Congress mounting a massive attack, BJP's image has suffered a considerable blow.

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The resignations of two BJP ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government have been accepted and now being forwarded to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, said party's national General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday.

He had said that BJP would stand with Hindu Ekta Manch "to have the case referred to the CBI".

He said the resignation letters were now being forwarded to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP are the parties which jointly rule the trouble-torn State of Jammu & Kashmir. "We actually acted very fast, the state government and Police acted swiftly. Therefore, keeping in mind the perception and general situation, the two BJP leaders, after holding consultations with the prime minister and other senior leaders of the party, made a decision to submit their resignations".

Kathua Rape Case: BJP Ministers In J&K Govt Resign After Criticism