Handwa, April 13: Amid countrywide outrage over the horrific gang-rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl, a senior BJP leader in Madhya Pradesh claimed a “Pakistani hand” behind the brutal crime in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua.
BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan, who was observing a fast in protest against the washout of parliament’s budget session on Thursday, told media,”The act (Kathua rape-murder) must have been committed by Pakistan’s agents to divide people by chanting Jai Shriram”, news agency PTI reported.
Chouhan came up with this remark while responding to reports that slogans of ‘Jai Sriram’ were raised following the incident.
“If slogans of Jai Shri Ram were shouted on the rape of the girl, it must be the handi work of Pakistan’s agents who want to create differences between us,” he said.
“Hindus are less than one percent in Kashmir. They cannot even open their mouths, then how can they shout these slogans?” he asked.
However, the BJP leader described the incident as a “blot on humanity”.
Asifa was abducted and held captive from a village in Jammu’s Kathua district on January 10. For the next seven days, she was sedated, starved and gang-raped by a group, later was found dead in Hiranagar tehsil.