V K Singh on Kathua girl's rape murder: We have failed her as humans, but justice not be denied

Apr 12, 2018, 14:47 IST | Mid-day online desk

Expressing distress over the tragedy, perhaps the first reaction from a BJP minister, he said we have failed her as humans

V K Singh

V K Singh

Commenting on Kathua girl's gangrape and murder, Union minister V K Singh on Thursday said that "we as humans" had failed to save her. However, he has assured that the victim would not be denied justice.

The child from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community had disappeared from near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in Kathua on January 10. A week later, her body was found in the same area.

Expressing distress over the tragedy, perhaps the first reaction from a BJP minister, he said we have failed her as humans.

"But she will not be denied justice," the minister of state in the External Affairs Ministry added in his tweet. A Special Investigation Team formed to probe the incident has arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destruction of evidence.

A charge sheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police said abduction, rape, and killing of the girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority community from the area. The rape has polarised the state with the local bar association calling for a bandh against what it termed the "targeting of minority Dogras", while the Valley saw protests demanding justice for the deceased.

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