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Protestors block the Jammu Pathankot highway in Kathua during the Jammu Bandh on Wednesday

A bandh has been called in Jammu by lawyers as a protest against the filing of charge-sheets against the accused who had allegedly raped, mutilated and murdered an eight-year old girl in Kathua town of Jammu and Kashmir, media reports said.

BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said that there was no threat to the ruling PDP-BJP coalition in Jammu and Kashmir as both the parties were working in coordination. "Abdul Gani Kohli (minister) was sent to the house of the victim, so that an ugly situation was not created", PTI quoted Lal as saying.

The SC bench said every party before any court is entitled to engage a lawyer and if advocates oppose this principle then it would be destructive of justice dispensation system.

He had also said that there was no reason to doubt the professional competence and integrity of the state police whose have been braving all odds for the safety and security of the people in the state.

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The UN chief has expressed hope that authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal rape and murder of the 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district to justice. They did the right thing.

"Mehbooba Mufti will have to decide whether she is ready to work with those ministers who are trying to save the killers of the girl", the former chief minister told reporters.

Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said: "It is now for the court to decide". We sat with over 5,000 people and made them understand. Her body was found dumped in a forest near Rasana village seven days later. On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the Crime Branch which formed a special investigation team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable.

The remarks of United Nations chief came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday finally broke his silence on the horrific Unnao and Kathua rape incidents and said that such incidents are "shameful and can not be part of a civilised society".