Two ministers of J&K BJP tenders resignation

The uneasy alliance between People's Democratic Party (PDP) and BJP may be nearing an end in Jammu and Kashmir with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reportedly demanding that two BJP ministers in the cabinet be removed for allegedly instigating protests against investigations in the Kathua rape case. Chaudhary Lal Singh served as the minister for forest in the BJP-PDP government in the state while Chander Parkash Ganga held the ministry for commerce and industries.

Earlier on Friday, the BJP said the two leaders were "misled and misguided" by people.

Opposition National Conference and the Congress had demanded that Mehbooba sack the two ministers.

In the Unnao case, Lekhi said action is being taken against the BJP MLA who was accused in the case.

The rape and killing of the girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, has become a national issue. A week later, her body was found in the same area.

Lekhi said the accused in the rape cases needs to be punished.

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An eight-year-old girl was abducted and raped over and over before being horrendously murdered by a group of men in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

The rape and murder has sent shockwaves in the country with politicians, celebrities, and sportspersons voicing their outrage over the incident.

Later, the case was transferred to the Jammu and Kashmir Police's Crime Branch. What do you think about the growing violence against women & children?

Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) were also arrested, and later, five more people, including a former revenue official and the alleged conspirator, surrendered before the Special Investigation Team.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Friday, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, "Rumours were being circulated that we never spoke against the rape cases".

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