Апреля 24, 2018

Kathua Rape: Supreme Court Orders Security For Victim's Family, Lawyer

17 Апреля 2018, 11:23 | Winston Chapman

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Activists of the National Panthers Party burn tyres and shout slogans during a protest demanding among other things a federal probe into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and Kashmir government directing her to provide protection to the victim's family and their lawyer after eight-year-old victim's father requested to shift the trial.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate, who had controversially refused to accept the chargesheet prepared the Crime Branch officials few days ago, will be committing one of the chargesheets, in which seven people have been named, to the sessions court for trial as mandated under the law, reported PTI.

And four, immediete security arrangements for all the families of the victims, and state support for arranging a competent prosecution team.

Approaching the apex court, the father of the eight-year-old girl demanded in his plea that the case should be transferred to Chandigarh, claiming that the trial might get influenced in Jammu. A large number of people assembled on the road leading to the court, blocked it and held protests against a section of national media accusing it of "portraying" the demand for a CBI probe as pro-rapists and pro-culprits, thereby damaging the reputation of the entire village.

The trial in the Kathua rape case began today and the next hearing is scheduled April 28.

The lawyers had organized a protest programme in solidarity with the Kathua minor who was brutally raped and killed. Her body was found in the same area a week later. The accused also included a juvenile and his friend who travelled from Uttar Pradesh to Jammu to satisfy his lust.

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It had said it is a settled law that a lawyer who appears for a victim or accused can not be prevented by any bar association or group of lawyers, for it is his duty to appear in support of his client.

"I don't know how long I will be alive".

"In the absence of any allegation, why should we enter into this as to who should investigate", a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra said, adding that it was "the primary duty of the state police to investigate a case".

There was the heavy police presence at the Kathua complex following the tension on April 9 when members of the local bar association did not allow the Crime Branch to submit its charge sheet in the case. I was threatened yesterday that "we will not forgive you".

"Everything will be clear after the narco test", Sanji Ram, the prime accused in the brutal rape case of eight-year-old girl in Kathua, told reporters outside the court premises on Monday. It is believed that the accused list include four police officers and a retired government official, all of whom have sexually assaulted a minor girl and then murdered her in January this year.

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