Kathua rape: SC orders protection for victim's family, lawyers

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The court also took note of a plea of the victim's father, seeking transfer of the trial of the case from Kathua, preferably to Chandigarh and sought response of the state government.

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on April 27.

Rajawat alleged that she was labelled "anti-Hindu" and was facing a social boycott for taking up the case of the child rape victim, who was kidnapped in January from Rasana village in Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua and was later found murdered. However, the Supreme Court's actions in the matter and the Indian civil society's demand for justice in the Kathua case have not simplified the challenges faced by the lawyer of the victim's family, lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat. The apex court has also ordered security to victim's family and lawyer. "The issue is that the atmosphere is not conducive (at Kathua) for fair trial and dispensation of justice", she said.

The father also sought for security for his family and lawyers repreenting them.

Meanwhile the sessions court will hear the case on April 28.

Ahmed, a non-affiliated member who wanted the United Kingdom government to take up the issue of self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the northeast, mentioned the Kathua rape case while asking how Britain could help bring her assailants and those in other cases to justice. She was drugged and raped repeatedly before being murdered.

The charge sheets filed by the J&K crime branch state that the abduction, rape, and killing of the minor Bakerwal girl was part of a carefully planned strategy aimed at forcing the minority nomadic community out of the area. The counsel for the accused, Ankur Sharma also said that they were ready for a narco analysis test.

The judge asked the state Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police to give copies of charge sheet to accused while announcing the next date of hearing. "Sanji Ram, the caretaker of "Devisthan", a small temple in a village in Kathua, as the main conspirator behind the crime", chargesheet reads. All the accused persons were brought before the court which directed that chargesheet copies be provided to each of them. Her crumpled body was recovered on January 17.

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