Kathua Horror: Guterres wants child rapists, murderers brought to justice

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, File Photo

United Nations, April 14: Describing the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district “horrific”, UN Secretary-General Antonio G has expressed hope that the Indian authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal crime to justice.

Addressing media, Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric on Friday said that he has seen reports about the “horrific case” of the abuse and murder of the nomadic Bakerwal community girl.

“We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl,” IANS quoted Guterres as saying.

The minor was allegedly abducted on January 10, and taken to a temple in Kathua, drugged and gang-raped for several days. Later, her body was found dumped in a forest near Rasana village.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condemned the rape and gave an assurance that justice would be done.

Eight people, including four police personnel– a head constable, a sub-inspector and two special police officers — have been held in the case and charges filed against seven of them.

Some advocates and others tried to block the filing of the charges and meetings were held in support of those arrested in connection with the matter.

In a protest two Bharatiya Janata Party ministers, Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, who attended a rally in support of the Kathua accused in March, quit the Jammu and Kashmir government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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