Chandigarh/Thiruvananthapuram: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday described the rape and killing of the 8-year-old girl in Kathua as “sickening perversity” and sought “exemplary punishment” for those involved in the crime.
“Sickening perversity that deserves only exemplary punishment. Nothing can justify the horrific crime perpetrated against an 8-year-old. It’s not the time to procrastinate or politicise,” he tweeted.
A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.
Meanwhile, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condemned the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The accused should be punished in an exemplary manner and those protecting them should be brought before law,” Vijayan said in a Facebook post.
The girl was taken to a temple, kept in captivity and raped by “religious lunatics,” he said.
The country should hang its head in shame before the world for the incident, the chief minister said. In the name of religion, a child was brutally gangraped and killed and this was a “dangerous state of affairs,” he said.
Former chief minister Oommen Chandy also condemned the incident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi should break his silence on the matter, he added.
BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said “the incident has shaken human conscience.”