Friday, 27 April, 2018

SC directs JK Govt to provide police protection to victim's family, lawyers

Mehbooba Mufti Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti | Twitter/@MehboobaMufti
Laurie Berry | 17 April, 2018, 11:52

Their trial began at the District and Sessions Court in Jammu's Kathua on Monday.

The Crime Branch of J-K Police, which probed the case, filed a main charge sheet against seven persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district earlier this week. However, the court has postponed the Asifa rape case hearing April 28.

Jammu: The family of the eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua has made a decision to request the Supreme Court to transfer the trial to another state.

Terming the Surat rape case as "most unfortunate", the Leader of Opposition said it was as bad as the Kathua case.

The Court then issued notice to the State on the issue of transfer of trial, while directing the State to provide protection to victim's family, lawyer Deepika Rajawat and advocate Talib Hussain. "The Kathua case be court-monitored.Either the Supreme Court or the Jammu and Kashmir High Court should ensure the case is fast-tracked and it is court-monitored", he said.

The father of the victim, through his counsels, pleaded that he was not expecting a fair in Kathua given the protests by the lawyers there in support of the accused.

It considered the plea that security personnel, who will guard the family members, their lawyer and the family friend, should be in plain clothes.

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The accused's lawyer said they were "ready" for the narco tests.

The daughter of Ram has said that there is some conspiracy against her father and has demanded a CBI probe. The other accused, comprising Sanji Ram's son Vishal Jangotra, Sub Inspector Anand Dutta, Head Constable Tilak Raj, Special Police Officers Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar and Rasana resident Parvesh Kumar, backed Sanji Ram.

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 girl was abducted on January 10 in Jammu's Kathua and killed four days later.

The innocent girl Asifa was kept captive in a Hindu temple by eight men, including Sanji Ram and was brutally raped, drugged, tortured and at last scrambled to death.

In Unnao, a 17-year-old girl alleged that Sengal raped her.

Adv Ashok Arora told KNS that the blocking of challan by the lawyers in Kathua amounts to contempt. "Authorities should take action against those lawyers who tried to prevent Crime Branch from filing the charge sheet", former Secretary SC Bar Association told KNS.

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