Kathua rape and murder accused produced in court

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has written to the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court with a request to set up a special fast track court for the Kathua rape case

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has written to the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court with a request to set up a special fast track court for the Kathua rape case

The alleged rape and murder case has triggered several outrages and protest by Kathua villagers.

The daughter of Ram has said that there is some conspiracy against her father and has demanded a CBI probe.

The crime branch submitted two charge sheets against eight people including a juvenile for allegedly raping and murdering the girl in January this year.

The Bar Council of India (BCI) today asked the Jammu and Kathua bar associations to call off their strike and made a decision to send a five-member team headed by a former high court chief justice to investigate the alleged incident of misconduct on part of the lawyers there in connection with the Kathua rape-murder case. However, the court refused to hear the intervenors at this stage.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide police protection to Kathua victim's family members and their lawyers.

In January, retired revenue official Sanji Ram hatches a plan to drive away the Bakarwal tribe from the Rasana area in Kathua.


Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat told the court that she had been threatened with rape and death for taking up the case. However, the court has postponed the Asifa rape case hearing April 28. He also sought safety and security from the court in his plea.

The accused include a juvenile against whom a separate charge sheet was filed. She added that she had been called anti-Hindu and boycotted socially. The accused also demanded that a Narco test be conducted on them to "bring out the truth".

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.

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

The eight-year-old girl from the Bakarwal tribe was abducted and sedated January, locked inside a temple and raped for nearly a week. After holding the girl in captivity for days, the accused killed her by crushing her head with a rock and disposing off her body near the temple. Police investigations revealed she was held captive inside a temple, sedated and repeatedly raped before her murder.

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