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Give stringent punishment to perpetrators of Kathua, Unnao cases: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Facing flak over and cases, the BJP today said those accused should be given a stringent punishment and claimed that the police acted quickly in both the matters.

defended the two party's ministers, who had joined a rally against the police probe in the and murder case, claiming that they were "misled" into attending the protest.

In a press conference, Lekhi also accused the opposition parties of doing dangerous politics over these incidents.

She said B S Slathia, who spearheaded the protest in Kathua, was Ghulam Nabi Azad's polling agent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Lekhi also claimed that these two incidents were selectively highlighted to target the BJP and said that a similar case of and murder of a minor girl in had happened, but it never got the prominence that the and cases have got.

An eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community disappeared near her house on January 10 in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.

A week later, her body was found in the same area.

In the case, the victim has alleged she was raped by BJP MLA at his residence on June 4, 2017.

In February, the girl's family moved the court seeking to include the MLA's name in the rape case.

After filing of the case, the victim's father was booked by the police under the Arms Act on April 3 this year and put in jail, where he died on April 8.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 15:40 IST