Kathua Rape Case : Is Death the Appropriate Punishment for Raping a Minor

Protesters in Delhi after the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus | Flickr  ramesh_lalwani

Protesters in Delhi after the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus | Flickr ramesh_lalwani

"All this while ignoring the strict action being taken by state governments", Lekhi said.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had made it clear that their continuation in the government could not be supported and justified. "Now, all of you will silently walk", she added.

The body of the girl was found in Hira Nagar area of Kathua district on Wednesday.

Bar Association of Jammu president B S Slathia, who was spearheading the protests in Kathua, was Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azads polling agent in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, she claimed. A little far from Kathua, in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh another girl waits for justice after her father died in judicial custody for complaining against a BJP MLA for allegedly raping his daughter.

The minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Muslim Bakarwal community, was abducted on January 10. The CBI has taken over the probe in the case.

Holding up placards that read out messages expressing their deep sorrow over the Kathua case, celebrities like Kalki Koechlin, Huma Qureshi, Swara Bhaskar among others, pleaded for #JusticeForOurChild.

The respondents have been asked to state their stand by April 19. It was in Nagaon in Assam. We can't communalise rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl. "But she will not be denied justice", tweeted Singh about the eight-year-old.

The Assam rape and murder had happened in the last week of March.

"LET THE WORLD KNOW WE DEFEND OUR RAPISTS, we commit atrocities in places of worship and desecrate the Flag". He said that the 8-year-old victim shouldn't be someone the prime minister chooses to remain silent about.

The SC bench said every party before any court is entitled to engage a lawyer and if advocates oppose this principle then it would be destructive of justice dispensation system. The Special Investigation Team of Crime Branch went about the investigation in a professional manner, systematically collecting evidence and scientifically pursuing the case.

"... That it has also come in the media report that the family of the victim as well as the counsel who is conducting the case on behalf of the victim has been openly threatened by the accused persons".

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