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SC to hear plea for transfer of Kathua trial at noon

17 April 2018

Senior counsel Indira Jaising, appealing for the victim's father, expressed satisfaction with the investigation and told the court that they wanted transfer of the trail so that it could be a fair one. He also sought for strengthening of security at the juvenile home where a minor accused is lodged.

The bench also ordered the state government to provide escalated security cover to the lawyer and family of the deceased eight-year-old girl.

Among the accused in the Kathua rape murder case, there is a juvenile against whom a separate charge sheet was filed.

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It was reported that Rajawat, who is the lawyer for the victim's family in trial court, has filed a petition on her own name seeking protection as she was receiving threats for representing the affected family. A chargesheet have been filed in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kathua, state of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the chargesheet filed by the crime branch, the abduction, rape and killing of the eight-year-old girl, who belonged to a minority bakerwal community, was part of a pre-planned strategy to remove the community from the area. The facts behind the incidents are raising questions in the minds of the people in regarding the security levels and safety of women and kids.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two special public prosecutors, both Sikhs, for the trial, a move being seen as made to ensure "neutrality" in view of Hindu-Muslim polarisation over the case.

Jaising told the court that a fair trial is an inseparable facet of Article 21 of the Constitution, and there is an apprehension in the mind of the petitioner, the biological father of the victim, that there would be no fair trial as there have been protests by the members of the Bar. Next hearing for the case is set for April 28. The atmosphere is highly polarised, she also said. The court asked to undergo narco tests on the accused. The minor was kept sedated and sexually assaulted once again before she was bludgeoned to death, revealed the chargesheet. 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.

SC to hear plea for transfer of Kathua trial at noon