Under searing criticism in the aftermath of the Unnao and Kathua rapes and the murder of an eight-year-old, PM Modi last month told a group of the Indian diaspora in UK that sexual violence should not be politicised. However, Modi’s party in Jammu and Kashmir is doing the very opposite. In fact, the Jammu and Kashmir BJP state unit seems determined to scale up politicisation of the gangrape and murder of the minor from Bakarwal community.
According to a report in the Indian Express, the BJP’s J&K unit on Friday uploaded a video on its official website featuring an advocate raising questions about the state’s crime branch’s investigation into the case of sexual violence ad murder. Labelled as “a big expose on Kathua facts,” the video features Monika Arora, an advocate, who was a member of an “independent” five-member team recently conducting “a fact-finding mission” into the rape and murder in Rasana village.
The other members of the team which visited the site included Meera Khadkkar, retired district judge, Nagpur; Sarjana Sharma, Kashmir journalist; Sonali Chitalkar, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Miranda House, Delhi University; and, Monicca Agarwaal, a social activist. The BJP’s IT cell has also issued appeals on WhatsApp groups to share the video clip on social networking platforms.
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