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Published On: Mon, Apr 30th, 2018

Kathua rape-murder case is ‘small issue’, says J&K Dy.CM Kavinder Gupta

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kavinder-gupta-759-1024x614_cSRINAGAR : Within an hour of a cabinet shuffle in Jammu and Kashmir today, new Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta debuted with a shocker on the Kathua eight-year-old’s rape and murder that has shaken the country.
Dy  CM Kavinder Gupta terming the Kathua rape and murder case, which had led to nation-wide outrage, as a “small” happening that was hyped. “Rasana is a chhoti si baat (minor issue)… We have to think this should never happen again and the child gets justice. There are many challenges like this facing the government. We should not give Rasana so much hype (importance),” he told reporters.
The comment was received with shock and disbelief after a revamp that was linked widely to the outrage over the BJP’s former ministers participating in a rally in support of the men arrested for kidnapping, drugging, gang-raping and murdering the child in Kathua’s Rasana village.
All eight accused are Hindu while the little girl belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe.Questions were also raised over the inclusion in the cabinet of Rajiv Jasrotia, the BJP legislator from Kathua,  who had participated in the Hindu Ekta Manch Rally in support of the rapist-killers.
The eight-year-old was kidnapped, drugged, gang-raped and murdered in Kathua, the police have said. As public outrage spiralled over details of the child’s final days in a police chargesheet, two ministers, Lal Singh and Chandra Prakash, were forced to resign for attending the Hindu Ekta Manch rally.

Mr Jasrotia, unlike his colleagues, didn’t make any speech at that protest but he did stand with them.BJP leader Ram Madhav asserted that the cabinet changes had no connection with Kathua. “Our government has completed three years in power so we decided to have a reshuffle in the cabinet and give an opportunity to new faces,” he told reporters.
Kavinder Gupta, 59, an old RSS hand, replaced Nirmal Singh as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s number 2. Mr Gupra joined the BJP’s ideological mentor RSS when he was 13. He was elected to the state assembly for the first time in 2014.
Apart from him, state BJP chief Sat Paul Sharma and six others were sworn in as ministers. Two are from Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP).(With Agency Inputs ).

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