Rape and Murder of Asifa Justice will be delivered Says Mehbooba Mufti

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It would complete trial in 90 days and would be the first such court in state, they said. The meeting comes at a time when two of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders- Chandra Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh from the BJP-PDP alliance tendered their resignations to CM Mufti after she alleged that the two ministers were creating hurdles in the investigation process. Mehbooba Mufti as state Home Minister has also dismissed all the cops of Hira Nagar Police Station who have been found accused in the case. "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", Madhav told reporters.

"We want maximum punishment for the rapists and murderers, and asking for a CBI probe does not mean shielding the guilty", he said.

State Congress president Ghulam Ahmad Mir asked Mehbooba to clarify her stand on the two BJP ministers' alleged instigation of mobs in Kathua.

The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village on January 10.

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He denied that the People's Democratic Party, which is the BJP's alliance partner in the Jammu and Kashmir government, had threatened to withdraw support if the ministers did not resign.

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said that there was no threat to the ruling PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir as both the parties were working in coordination. This step will ensure justice to the family of the eight-year-old deceased victim.

On Friday, senior PDP leader and Roads and Buildings Minister Naeem Akhtar said: "This is an expression of pain and anguish. We will bring a new law that will make the death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors, so that little Ashifa's case becomes the last", she added.

United Nations (UN) chief Antonio Guterres heavily criticised the gang-rape and murder of a minor girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district and said hopefully culprits will be being punished very soon.

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