In the Kathua rape case the District and Sessions Court in Pathankot, Punjab framed rape and murder charges against 7 of the 8 accused. An 8 year old girl was raped and murdered earlier this year in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua District. The eighth accused is a juvenile who was allegedly involved in the rape and murder.
The trial in the case began on the 31st of May with the 7 accused produced before the Sessions Judge. The Supreme Court transferred the case out of Jammu and Kashmir after attempts to sabotage the investigation. The girl’s family also requested the Apex Court to shift the case.
On the 10th of January, the little girl was kidnapped from near her village and sedated. The minor was brutally gang raped for days by a group that included a teenager and police officers. According to the charge sheet, just before the girl’s head was bashed in with a rock one of the police officers asked the man to wait so he could rape her one more time.
On the 17th of January, the girl’s body was found in the forests. The two police officers involved tampered with evidence and helped the accused. The charge sheet filed by the police revealed the depravity of the crime and the terrifying last days of the innocent child.
The main accused is a retired revenue department official who plotted this gruesome crime. This was in an attempt to scare the Bakherwal nomads and drive them out of the Rassana area. The girl was one of the nomads and lived in a village in Rassana. The other rapists are special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma. A total of eight men have been arrested for being part of one of the worst rape cases the Country has seen.