UN reacts to `horrific` Kathua incident, hopes perpetrators are brought to justice

UN reacts to `horrific` Kathua incident, hopes perpetrators are brought to justice

UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed the heart-wrenching incident with an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district as “horrific” and said hope that the authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal crime to justice.

In the last few days, the nation has been demanding justice for the 8-year-old girl from Jammu's Kathua, who was kidnapped, drugged, gang-raped and killed by eight men in January to instill fear in people belonging to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community.The victim was drugged, raped repeatedly before being bludgeoned to death. The incident has sparked outrage across India.

 Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujjaric told reporters, “I think we’ve seen the media reports of this horrific case, of the abuse and the murder of a young girl. We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl,” during his daily press briefing.

A Special Investigation Team of Crime Branch, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable and a sub-inspector, who was charged with destroying evidence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his anguish over the incident and called it as a “shame” for the country and asserted that the guilty will not be spared. “I want to assure the nation that no criminal will be spared. Justice will be done. Our daughters will get justice,” he said.