Kathua rape trial to start today

People participate in a candle light vigil as they protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu and a teenager in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao in Bengaluru

In a strongly-worded open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a group of former civil servants on Sunday asked him to check the nations "free fall into anarchy" by acting tough against the culprits of the Kathua and Unnao rape cases and the perpetrators of hate crimes across the country.

The resignations of Singh and Ganga were received from BJP state chief Sat Sharma earlier in the day which were immediately accepted and forwarded to governor N.N. Vohra for completing the procedural formalities, the officials said.

Taking action in the rape and murder case of an 8-year-old girl in the Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday terminated the services of 4 policemen accused in the case, and also called for the case to be heard in a fast track court. "We condemn all attempts made by vested interests to suppress this issue", said K.S. Vimala, of the All India Democratic Women's Association.

The resignation was handed over to Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and she has accepted their resignations.

In the Unnao case, an 18-year-old girl has alleged she was raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar at his residence on June 4, 2017.

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Saba Dewan said common citizens wanted to send out a message that they are angry with the way rapes have been provided a certain kind of patronage by the ruling party.

The Bar Association of Jammu had on April 13 said that it was extending its strike till April 17 against the "growing illegal presence of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi nationals", while alleging that its agitation for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-cum-murder case was wrongly being portrayed as "communal". The incident happened while she was on her way to the court, she said. Lawmakers also voted to lower, to 16 from 18, the age at which a person can be tried as an adult for heinous crimes. Gang raped. Murdered. In "Devi"-sthaan temple".

On Friday, when the girl was playing outside, Jena lured her to his house with chocolates and raped her, according to police. The girl's family has now chose to ask the Supreme Court to transfer the trial to another state.

Mr Mir defended himself and said, "This is an old video".

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