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Kathua rape-cum-murder shameful: New VHP chief

 MPost |  2018-04-16 17:39:14.0

Kathua rape-cum-murder shameful: New VHP chief

Indore: VS Kokje, the newly-elected international president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), on Mondy termed the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir as "shameful".

He also said that "divisive forces" were giving communal colour to the incident.
Returning to Indore, his hometown, after being elected as the VHP international president, Kokje told reporters at the airport, "Such incidents are shameful in a country which has been a big centre of 'samskara'. We condemn this incident. The rape is against human rights.
"The way we say there is no religion of terrorists, in the same way, why the religion of the victim and accused should be seen in the cases of rape?" he asked. "The people who are talking in the communal way about the Kathua incident are the divisive forces in the society, these people should be strongly condemned," Kokje said. To a question, he said the VHP was not in favour of making any changes to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and its provisions should not be weakened.
Kokje, a former judge of the HCs of MP and Rajasthan, added, "Innocent people should not be persecuted, but the guilty should not be spared either." Asked about SC/ST Act which were allegedly diluted by a recent SC judgement, Kokje said, "The Centre has filed a revision petition in the Supreme Court."

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