Favouring rapists shocking: JKDFP

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Kathua Bar Association slammed for ‘supporting rapists’

SRINAGAR: Stating that people favouring rapists enjoy political patronage, Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) on Tuesday said it was alarming how these political forces attempted to deny justice to innocent minor girl who was raped and murdered in Kathua.
JKDFP in a statement said it was alarming how some lawyers backed by the communal forces, who are enjoying power in the state as well, tried to prevent the Crime Branch from filing a charge sheet against the criminals.
“The attempts to encourage rapists were first made at ministerial level by invoking religion of the victim and now by lawyers raising voice in favour of the rapists. Some criminal and communal lawyers were also raising slogans like ‘Jai Shree Ram’ clearly indicating their political inclination. This is how the communal forces are spreading venom and hatred for mere political benefits,” party said. Strongly condemning the shameful act of some lawyers, JKDFP said that rapists and murderers were first shielded in Aasiya-Neelofar case of Shopian and today attempts are being made to repeat the same.
“Had the murders and rapists of Aasiya and Neelofar been punished, the communal forces would not have gathered courage to protest in favour of Kathua girl’s rapists and murders,” party said.