SRINAGAR, APRIL 30: Hours after being sworn in as the deputy chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Kavinder Gupta sparked a row on Monday by saying that the brutal Kathua rape and murder case that has triggered global outrage as a “small incident”.
“Kathua maamla ek choti si baat hai usko itni tuul deni nahi chahiye [The Kathua incident was a small thing, it shouldn’t have been given all this hype],” News 18 quoted Gupta as having said.
While saying that justice needs to be given to the victim, Gupta said: “We should ensure that incident like this should not be repeated again. We need to get the girl [the deceased victim of gang-rape and murder] justice. These are some of the biggest challenges before the government today. I think the Rassana case was not a …. we have given undue importance to this case I feel.”
As speaker of the legislative assembly, Gupta had sparked another row by blaming the Rohingya refugees for the attack on Sunjwan army camp in February this year.
An eight-year-old girl, belonging to Bakerwal community, was abducted, brutally raped and tortured and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district in January.
However, Gupta spoke to Times Now later, claiming that his remarks were “misconstrued” and blamed the media for reporting his statements in the “wrong way”.