We Have Failed 8-Year-Old Kathua Rape-Murder Victim as Humans: V.K. Singh

Singh is the first BJP Union minister to publicly express dismay at the incident.

New Delhi: Union minister V.K. Singh today said “we as humans” had failed the eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community who was gangraped and killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district, but she would not be denied justice.

The child from from the nomadic Bakherwal Muslim community had disappeared from near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in Kathua on January 10. A week later, her body was found in the same area.

Expressing distress over the tragedy – and the first BJP minister to do so – Singh said we have failed her as humans.

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 destruction of evidence.

A chargesheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police said the abduction, rape and killing of the girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority community from the area.

The rape has polarised the state, with the local bar association calling for a bandh against what it termed the “targeting of minority Dogras”, while the Valley saw protests demanding justice for the deceased.