Srinagar: The trial in the gruesome Kathua rape and murder case began Monday against eight accused who allegedly held an eight-year-old girl in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January this year during which she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.
The chief judicial magistrate of Kathua will be committing one of the charge sheets, in which seven people have been named, to the sessions court for trial as mandated under the law. The chief judicial magistrate will, however, hold the trial for the juvenile as it is the designated court under the juvenile act, according to officials.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two special public prosecutors, for the trial in the sensitive case.
The trial court of Kathua, hearing the gruesome rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl, Monday scheduled the next hearing to April 28. The court directed that chargesheet copies be provided to all the accused.
Meanwhile, the juvenile arrested in the case moved bail application before judicial magistrate, which will be heard later today.