All Seven Accused In Kathua Rape Case Found Guilty By Pathankot Court

Team SoOLEGAL 10 Jun 2019 5:00pm

All Seven Accused In Kathua Rape Case Found Guilty By Pathankot Court

The District and Sessions Judge Pathankot has convicted all 7 persons for rape and murder of a minor girl at Kathua, Jammu in January 2018. Charges of rape and murder were framed by the court against seven out of the eight accused. The case of the eighth accused upon the plea that he was a minor at the time of incident is now before the Jammu and Kashmir High.

As upon the 15-page charge sheet, the 8 year-old girl, was kidnapped on January 10 last year, was allegedly raped in a temple of a small village in Kathua district after having been kept sedated for four days before she died. The charge sheet stated that the girl had gone missing while grazing horses. Investigators said the accused juvenile abducted the girl under the pretext of helping her to find her horses. The abduction, rape and killing of the child was part of a potentially planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area.

The trial commenced in June last year at the district and sessions court in Pathankot in Punjab, about 100 km from Jammu and 30 km from Kathua, after the Supreme Court ordered that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir.

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 Ranbir Penal Code(RPC), including Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 376-D (gang-rape) and charges for destruction of evidence and causing hurt by poisoning under Section 328 of the RPC. The two policemen - Raj and Datta - were charged under Section 161 (public servant taking illegal gratification) of the RPC.

Tagged: rape   section376   ipc   pathankot   juvenile  
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