Kathua rape and murder accused plead not guilty, ask for narco test

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 17, 2018

Supreme Court has issued a notice to the J&K government and sought reply by April 27 on the plea filed by the victim's father.

The eight-year-old girl belonging to Muslim Bakarwal community was allegedly raped by six men who had held her in captivity in a small temple village for a week in January. The victim's family claimed that they are getting life threats and their life is in danger asking the top court to transfer the case to Chandigarh.

The bench also directed the state police to provide adequate security to the juvenile delinquent, who has been picked up in connection with the case and kept at an observation home.

The court had said on Friday that access to justice can not be obstructed, after local lawyers tried to stop filing of the chargesheet in the case last week.

Sources said the CBI presented the medical report of the victim in the special court where it was said that she was not a minor at the time of crime.

The father also sought for security for his family and lawyers repreenting them.

Ahmed, a non-affiliated member who wanted the United Kingdom government to take up the issue of self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the northeast, mentioned the Kathua rape case while asking how Britain could help bring her assailants and those in other cases to justice. "The father of the victim has no problem with the police investigation", she said, adding the prayer regarding transfer of the case outside the state and Chandigarh has been mentioned due to physical proximity from Kathua. However there is an attempt to derail it, she also said. The atmosphere is highly polarised, she also said.

According to the chargesheets filed by the crime branch, the abduction, rape and killing of the girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the nomadic community from the area.

All the eight accused in the Kathua rape and murder case were earlier produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir as the trial started on Monday.

Sanji Ram, 60: He is the prime accused in the case. "The court directed that chargesheet copies should be provided to all accused". After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.

She was drugged and raped repeatedly for days, before being brutally murdered.

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