Kathua Case: SC Asks J&K Government to Protect Victim's Kin and Lawyer

The Kathua and Unnao cases starkly expose the fault lines in our policing system

The Kathua and Unnao cases starkly expose the fault lines in our policing system

The court also issued notices to the state government on a plea that sought the transfer of the case to Chandigarh. The court was adjourned to allow for this routine procedure, and a further hearing has been set for April 28.

The father of the eight-year-old Kathua victim who was allegedly drugged, tortured, and gangraped in a village temple for a week in January 2018, had approached the Supreme Court today seeking transfer of the case outside Jammu and Kashmir.

The court made clear that it would "go by the concept of fair trial and victim protection" and said that ordinarily, it was the duty of police to probe a case. "The issue is that the atmosphere is not conducive (at Kathua) for fair trial and dispensation of justice", she said. The facts behind the incidents are raising questions in the minds of the people in regarding the security levels and safety of women and kids.

Kapur has also sought transfer of probe to the CBI, besides seeking exemplary compensation to the family of the victim of the case. She added that she had been called anti-Hindu and boycotted socially. "This is the kind of investigation that they want to derail", Jaising said.

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The charge sheets filed by the J&K crime branch state that the abduction, rape, and killing of the minor Bakerwal girl was part of a carefully planned strategy aimed at forcing the minority nomadic community out of the area. The accused also demanded that a Narco test be conducted on them to "bring out the truth".

All eight accused in the Kathua rape-murder case were presented on Monday before Kathua Chief Judicial Magistrate A.S. Langeh amid tight security as the trial began. The chargesheet the Crime Branch filed against eight accused, including a juvenile, revealed sordid details of the crime. The sessions court asked investigators to hand over copies of the chargesheet to the defence. "Sanji Ram, the caretaker of "Devisthan", a small temple in a village in Kathua, as the main conspirator behind the crime", chargesheet reads.

According to the charge sheet file by Jammu and Kashmir Police, the girl was kept under sedatives, hungry, brutally tortured, gang-raped multiple times, strangulated and bludgeoned with a boulder to death. Her body was found in the same area a week later.

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