Pakistani-origin peer Lord Ahmed asks UK Parliament to intervene in Kathua rape case
UK House of Lords Chamber. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)
In a new twist, a Pakistani-origin peer on Monday raised the rape and murder of the eight-year-old child in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua in the UK parliament.
Appealing the UK government to intervene, the Pakistani-origin peer Lord Ahmed asked the House of Lords to bring the "perpetrators of human rights abuses in the region to justice".
Lord Ahmed is a staunch critic of the Indian government.
Speaking on behalf of the British government, Baroness Stedman-Scott responded to his request by assuring that India has a strong democratic framework which guarantees human rights.
She added, "But we do acknowledge it does face numerous challenges relating to its size and development when it comes to enforcing fundamental rights enshrined in its Constitution".
She also expressed her condolences to the families of the victims and asserted that Prime Minister Modi has promised justice to the family.
The eight-year-old from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua was gang raped and was brutally murdered leading to large-scale protests in the country.