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Kathua rape and murder accused produced in court

Kathua rape and murder accused produced in court Kathua rape and murder accused produced in court
Stacy Diaz | 17 April, 2018, 11:21

Meanwhile, a second petition has been filed by the lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat, who is representing the family of the Kathua rape victim, where she alleges threat to her life in pursuing case in Kathua court.

Massive protests were organised across various parts of India, including New Delhi and Mumbai, under "Not In My Name" campaign to demand justice for victims of Kathua and Unnao rape cases. "The issue is that the atmosphere is not conducive (at Kathua) for fair trial and dispensation of justice", she said. In connection with the case, two First Information Reports (FIRs) have been filed: one against eight people for allegedly being involved in the crime and another has been filed against a group of lawyers which had allegedly stopped the police from filing chargesheet against the eight accused. Sanji Ram was allegedly joined by special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu, Ram's nephew, a juvenile, and his son Vishal Jangotra alias "Shamma".

Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the "devisthan" (temple) in the village in Kathua, who is listed as the main conspirator behind the crime, told the judge that they wanted narco analysis test and were ready for it.

They also sought adequate security arrangements for the families of the victims, and state support for arranging a competent prosecution team. However, the court refused to hear the intervenors at this stage. Asifa Bano, belonging to the nomadic Bakerwal (goatherd) tribe, was found dead on January 17 in the Hiranagar area of Kathua, a week after she went missing.

The family members also criticised the national media for portraying their agitation for a CBI probe into the case as "pro-rapists" and "pro-culprits", and said the scribes were "delivering judgments without investigation". The family shared the details of how the woman, then a minor was raped by the MLA and his accomplices a year ago. I can be raped, my modesty can be outraged, I can be killed, I can be damaged. The state government is expected to reply before 27 April.

The trial in the Kathua rape case began today and the next hearing is scheduled April 28. The police have arrested eight people, including four police personnel - a head constable, a sub-inspector and two special police officers - in the case and filed charges against seven of them.

He said the chargesheet was presented in court on 9 April but copies had not yet been provided.

A student of Bluebells International School spoke about how the concept of childhood being safe had been turned upside down by the Kathua rape case: "The fact that she, as a child, was brutally raped is appalling".