Kathua rape/murder case: SC asks J&K govt to protect victim's family, lawyer

Kathua rape/murder case: SC asks J&K govt to protect victim's family, lawyer

The top court also agreed to consider the victim's father plea seeking transfer of the trial of the case outside Jammu and Kashmir, preferably to Chandigarh.

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on April 27.

The eight-year-old girl was held in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January. The SC order came a day after the victim's lawyer Deepika S Rajawat claimed threat to her life.

Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the state to provide adequate security also to Rajawat's family as well as Talib Hussain - a member of the Bakerwal community who is helping the victim's family.

Jaising told the court that a fair trial is an inseparable facet of Article 21 of the Constitution, and there is an apprehension in the mind of the petitioner, the biological father of the victim, that there would be no fair trial as there have been protests by the members of the Bar. 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.


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. She added that she had been called anti-Hindu and boycotted socially.

The accused's lawyer said that they were ready for the narco tests. The atmosphere is highly polarised, she also said.

The two accused - former revenue official Sanjhi Ram and special police officer Deepak Khajuria - told presspersons outside the Kathua court that they were willing to go for narco-analysis tests. The counsel for the accused demanded a copy of the chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch on April 9 before the chief judicial magistrate.

Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the "devisthan" in a village in Kathua, about 90 km from Jammu, is listed as the main conspirator behind the crime. The sessions court asked investigators to hand over copies of the chargesheet to the defence. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17. The accused kept sedating the girl for days and took turns to sexually assault her.

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