The case of murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir has been delivered by the court on 10th june 2019.The verdict of Kathua rape case by a Pathankot court was taken after 17 months of long wait .
The camera trial in the case that shook the nation ended on June 3, when district and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh had announced that the verdict was likely to be delivered on June 10.Over 1,000 policemen and security personnel have been deployed in and around the Pathankot court, where the trial was shifted given the highly sensitive nature of the case.
6 out 7 names of alleged Rapist accused including Sanjhi Ram, special police officer Deepak Khajuria, Surender Verma, Tilak Raj, and Anand Dutta. Only Sanjhi Ram’s son has been Pointed out.
THE CASE: The eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 , 2018, was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district after having been kept sedated for four days before she was contrived to death.
The day-to-day trial started in the first week of June 2018 at the district and session’s court in Pathankot in Punjab after the Supreme Court ordered that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir.
The court order to hand over the case to Crime branch and then came after lawyers in Kathua prevented Crime Branch officials from filing a charge sheet in the sensational case, which shocked the nation.
The Crime Branch arrested village head Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, juvenile nephew and his friend Anand Dutta, and two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma. Head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence, were also arrested.
The court framed charges under the RPC, including Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 376-D (gang-rape), according to the prosecution. The accused, if convicted, face minimum life imprisonment and maximum death penalty.