Final hearing from Pathankot court as everybody is waiting for justice.

The Rape and Murder case that shook the whole nation ended its in-camera trail on June 3rd when the district sessions judge Tejinder Singh had announced that the verdict was likely to be delivered on 10th of June.

The verdict in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in kathua in Jammu Kashmir will be delivered by a special court here on Monday.

The court has been changed into cantt with over 1000 policemen and security personnel has been deployed for security reasons. Bomb disposal squad is also present at the scene.  security arrangements have been made in and around the court and in Kathua in view of the pronouncement of the judgement, officials said Sunday.

The eight years old who was kidnapped on 10 January last year, was allegedly rare in captivity in a small village temple in kathua district after having been kept sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death.

The Crime Branch arrested village head Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, juvenile nephew and his friend Anand Dutta, and two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma. Head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence, were also arrested.

Charges of rape and murder were framed by the district and sessions judge against seven out of the eight accused. The trial against the juvenile is yet to begin as his petition on determining his age is to be heard by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

The court framed charges under the Ranbir Penal Code(RPC), including Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 376-D (gang-rape), according to the prosecution.

The accused, if convicted, face minimum life imprisonment and the maximum death penalty.

The court also framed charges of destruction of evidence and causing hurt by poisoning under Section 328 of the RPC. The two policemen – Raj and Datta – were also charged under Section 161 (public servant taking illegal gratification) of the RPC.

All the accused, barring the juvenile, were shifted to Gurdaspur jail following an intervention by the Supreme Court which also restricted the appearance of the defense lawyers and limited it to one or maximum of two per accused.

The girl went missing while she was grazing her horses and she was abducted under the pretext of finding her horses by the accused juvenile

The abduction, rape, and killing of the child was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, it said.


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