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UN chief wants perpetrators of Kathua child-rape, murder brought to justice

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants Indian authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of the “horrific” gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, in Jammu and Kashmir, are brought to justice, writes Arul Louis

Apr 14, 2018
By Arul Louis
 
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants Indian authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of the “horrific” gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, in Jammu and Kashmir, are brought to justice.
 
His spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters on Friday that he has seen reports about the “horrific case” of the abuse and murder of the 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,” he said.
 
Asifa Bano was allegedly kidnapped in January and taken to a temple in Kathua, drugged and gang-raped over two days, strangled and her body was dumped in a forest.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the rape and given an assurance that justice would be done.
 
On Friday two BJP ministers, Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, who attended a rally in support of the Kathua accused - who are all Hindus - last month, resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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