News Kashmir Exclusive
Within hours of getting sworn in as the deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and senior BJP Leader Kavinder Gupta sparked a major controversy after he called the incident of rape of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu’s Kathua district a “small incident”.
Surprisingly, the minister later accused the media of misinterpreting his statement.
All the voices of sanity slammed his statement , former chief minister Omar Abdullah took to social media website twitter and said Mehbooba seemed confused about her stand on the Kathua case. Pertinently, Omar pointed out that two BJP ministers were “removed in J&K for attending a pro-rapist rally & an MLA who is reported to have attended the same rally is promoted as a minister”.
It is worth mentioning here that the Union Cabinet approved the introduction of the death penalty for those who rape children, amid uproar over a series of high-profile cases. As a matter of fact, the change to the country’s penal code applies to those convicted of raping a child under the age of 12.
This landmark decision was taken as there have been nationwide protests in recent weeks over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl at Kathua, the same episode termed small incident by the BJP leader and deputy CM Kavinder Gupta..
“This has been a disastrous remark by the deputy CM Kavinder Gupta and he should have known very well that his induction cabinet was necessitated after his colleagues were shown exit after making communally charged and insensitive stand on kathua rape and murder of child, stated a political analyst, while talking to the News Kashmir