Kathua: The eight people accused of raping and killing an eight-year-old in January last in Kathua, on Monday pleaded not guilty and asked the judge for a narco analysis test.
As the trial in the case, which has become the focal point of outrage across India, began in Kathua, seven of the accused were produced before District and Sessions Judge Sanjay Gupta, who asked the State Crime Branch to give them copies of the charge sheet and fixed April 28 as the next date of hearing.
The eighth accused is a juvenile, who has moved a bail application before the chief judicial magistrate. The matter was posted for April 26.
The child from a minority nomadic community was allegedly held in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in sedation and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.
In a narco analysis test, the subject is injected with sodium pentothal or sodium amytal. The dose is dependent on the person’s sex, age, health and physical condition. It does not have any legal sanctity as evidence until a court gives permission to conduct these tests. The test only helps as corroborative and not as primary evidence, say legal experts.