NEW DELHI: The trial at the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Kathua in the Kathua rape and murder case was postponed on Monday to April 28. The court directed the prosecution to provide charge sheet copies to eight accused, who allegedly held an eight-year-old girl in captivity in a small village temple for a week in January during which she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.
Meanwhile, the counsel for the victim’s family Deepika S Rajawat has said, “The Supreme Court has issued directions to the authorities to provide protection to us (victim family and their counsel)”.
The father of the victim has said that he wants justice and the culprits should be hanged.
Meanwhile, the mother of the victim also reiterated the fact the need for having security as anything can happen and also justice for her daughter.
The accused include a juvenile against whom a separate charge sheet was filed.
Considering the sensitivity of the case, the Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two special public prosecutors to ensure the “neutrality” in view of Hindu-Muslim polarisation.
The trial is expected to go smoothly after the Jammu Bar association as well as the Kathua Bar received a rap on the knuckles by the Supreme Court on April 13 as the apex court took a strong note of some lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the case.