Lawmaker become lawlessness in Kashmir State assembly
There were noisy scenes as the state assembly held the first day of a month-long budget session. Without having received permission to speak, PDP members demanded the rapists and killers of the two women be brought to justice.
The presiding officer then ordered them and their leader Mehbooba Mufti to be thrown out of the chamber. Ms Mufti snatched the Speaker's microphone and threw it to the ground before being evicted. The women's bodies were found in a canal in the town of Shopian on 30 May.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said initial findings did not suggest either rape or murder. But he later ordered a judicial inquiry following protests and police registered a case of both rape and murder.
The four policemen and a laboratory official remain suspended while investigations continue.
27 July 2009 / BBC
The opening session of Kashmir's new state assembly was halted Monday as opposition members demanded a debate on the rape and murder of two Muslim women.
The crime has become a focus for large pro-independence protests in the Muslim-majority region, where many residents have long campaigned against rule from New Delhi.
Police initially said the two women drowned but later acknowledged they had been raped and murdered. Four officers have been arrested for destroying evidence.
Lawmakers from the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) demonstrated in the centre of the assembly, but the speaker rejected their calls for a debate on the issue.
Security guards were ordered to remove the protesting lawmakers after their leader, Mehbooba Mufti, grabbed the speaker's microphone.
27 July 2009 / AFP
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