Kathua Rape Case: 'Was Asked to Attend Rally by J&K BJP Chief'

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"It was sheer indiscretion on their part [to attend the rally]", he said.

The two BJP ministers, from the PDP-BJP alliance, tendered their resignations to Sat Sharma due to mounting pressure from opponents.

"The essence of India's democracy lies in its robust institutions and it has been once again established that these institutions have the grit to ensure justice with all sections of the society cutting across the divide", Mehbooba said while addressing a meeting of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) legislators and leaders here on Saturday. They made the two ministers resign.

After the resignation of two BJP ministers, a much-relieved Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defusing the situation and said the unfortunate incident had brought the people of the state and the rest of the country "together".

The girl was attacked to scare away the nomadic Muslim community out of the village.

"We appreciate our alliance partner who helped us in this case".

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The chief minister said that she was in constant touch with BJP president Amit Shah and General Secretary Ram Madhav as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Stressing the urgency of responding to the challenges in Jammu and Kashmir through tangible political measures before the crisis degenerates into a catastrophe; Mehbooba said the people of J-K, irrespective of their age, gender, status or the political affiliation, have been suffering the disastrous consequences of the political uncertainties plaguing the state.

Madhav maintained that the two BJP leaders had gone to Kathua in March to pacify the public and also to look into the matter of the gruesome crime.

The little girl went missing on January 10 and a week later, her body, bearing torture marks and signs of sexual abuse, was recovered on 17 January.

She has also alleged that while the MLA was raping her daughter, Shashi Singh stood outside the room as a guard.

In the meantime, two BJP Ministers in J&K Cabinet - Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga and Forests Minister Lal Singh - have quit their respective posts after a huge controversy erupted over their participation in a rally supportive of the accused and arrested persons. Certainly, there was a lack of discretion. "Our party leaders asked us to attend the rally". They tried to give communal colour to a heinous crime.

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