Mehbooba Mufti says law won’t be obstructed in Kathua rape case

The rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim Bakerwal girl in January in Kathua has sparked outrage across Jammu and Kashmir, with lawyers demanding that the CBI take up the case.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2018 14:39 IST
Press Trust of India, Srinagar
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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted that ‘proper procedures are being followed’ and investigation will be fast-tracked in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.(PTI File Photo)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said Thursday her government will not allow law to be obstructed and justice will be delivered in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district.

The rape and murder of the nomadic Muslim Bakerwal community girl has created a controversy after lawyers in Jammu called for a shutdown on Wednesday, demanding the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

“The law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions & statements of a group of people. Proper procedures are being followed, investigations are on the fast track & justice will be delivered,” Mehbooba said in a tweet.

On Monday, lawyers in Kathua had tried to prevent the Crime Branch from filing the charge sheet in the case. The charge sheet has revealed some chilling details about how the girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged, raped inside a place of worship before being killed.

Opposition’s National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, however, lashed out at the chief minister for not taking any action against two BJP ministers who had attended a rally held in support of the persons accused in the case.

“What rubbish! They are HER ministers, not the Hon(ourable) PM s. The way for her to express her displeasure is to sack them in Jammu not come & leak her alleged displeasure in Delhi,” Omar wrote on his twitter handle.

He was responding to tweets by a journalist from a TV channel in which she had said Mehbooba had expressed displeasure over BJP ministers actions in regard with this case.

However, the journalist later pulled down the tweet.

“So even her displeasure wasn’t genuine & the tweet has had to be deleted so that a corrected version could be issued,” Omar said.

First Published: Apr 12, 2018 13:37 IST