Jammu and Kashmir's National Conference on Friday demanded sacking of two BJP ministers for defending the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case.
Forest Minister Chaudhary Lal Singh and Industries Minister Chander Prakash had attended the rally.
"It also expressed disappointment at the failure of the Chief Ministers to act against two cabinet ministers who openly rallied support to divisive groups out to subvert the investigation and shield the accused".More news: New Zealand leads the way on closing gender gap in top jobs
Earlier, the BJP had said that both the ministers were 'misled and misguided by a few people'. "So, the lesson to them is not to believe one side or the other and let the law take its course", she said, adding that they should not have joined the protest. The opposition parties are putting pressure on Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to sack the two ministers. They should have ideally not commented until an investigation was conducted.
The rape and murder of the eight-year-old child has rocked the entire country.
The minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from her her house in Kathua on January 10. A week later, her body was found in the same area. "It is not political, but national", he had said at the candlelight march.More news: Why The Obamas Weren't Invited To Royal Wedding
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. "Criminals who did it have no religion." he maintained.
A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.
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".More news: Jerry Springer television producer charged with killing deaf and partially blind sister