Hours after he was sworn in as J&K deputy CM, Kavinder Gupta said, ‘Kathua incident shouldnâ€™t be given much importance.’
New Delhi: Hours after he was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Kavinder Gupta on Monday sparked a controversy by terming the horrific Kathua gangrape and murder case as a â€˜minor incidentâ€™.
Gupta was among eight new ministers who were sworn in on Monday and joined the state’s PDP-BJP government led by Mehbooba Mufti.
Speaking to reporters, Gupta said, â€œThe Kathua incident is a minor one and it shouldnâ€™t be given much importance.â€
â€œKathua case is subjudice. The Supreme Court will now decide over the matter. Discussing the topic again and again is not right. There are a lot of such cases and attempts should not be made to exaggerate this particular case,â€ Kavinder Gupta told news agency ANI.
The Kathua gangrape and murder case had sparked nationwide outrage with people staging protests across country seeking justice for the eight-year-old girl.
The girl went missing while grazing horses in Rasana village of Hiranagar tehsil of J&Kâ€™s Kathua district on January 10. A week later, her body was found in woods near her village. The DNA and police investigations have revealed that she was held inside a local temple where she was drugged, raped and killed.