Kathua rape and murder case: Trial against 8 accused begins

The Kathua and Unnao cases starkly expose the fault lines in our policing system

The Kathua and Unnao cases starkly expose the fault lines in our policing system

The kathua rape and murder case of a Muslim nomadic tribe girl from Jammu's kathua region took as many as three months to come to public's attention. Later, on learning about the Kathua and Unnao rapes, she wondered: are we truly living in a democratic country?

The family of the victim has said that the trial must be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir. Now the matter is with the court. And since the move won't be easy, the family will require legal support and resources to pursue this case from another city.

The apex court had said that it is a settled law that a lawyer who appears for a victim or accused can not be prevented by any bar association or group of lawyers, for it is his duty to appear in support of his client.

The 19-year-old, also suspected to be a juvenile, has also filed a bail application that will be heard today. Ram told the judge that they wanted narco tests and were ready for them.

He said shifting of the case to either Chandigarh or any other place in rest of the country is not advisable for the reasons that we have already the experience of the trial of 2006 sex scandal after the shifting of that case to a Chandigarh court.

The charge sheet also names investigating officers head constable Tilak Raj and Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Ram and destroyed crucial evidence. I asked for a copy of chargesheet. "Is this a hallmark of a fair trial?" he questioned.

Lawyers took to the streets shouting slogans and trying to block the road outside the court where the charge sheets have been filed.

Jammu lawyer Deepika Rajawat who has been relentlessly fighting pressure from the protesting lawyers to give up Asifa's case feels that things may get hard when the attention from the case is lost. "The youth here have given enough indication of their anger and discontent over the past several years, even while they gave a chance for democracy to play itself out", she said.

"I don't know how long I will be alive". I can be raped, my modesty can be outraged, I can be killed, I can be damaged.

The victim was abducted on January 10 and held captive inside a temple in Rasana village of Hiranagar area.

The nephew agrees to kidnap the little girl and shares his plans with his friend Parvesh Kumar. Then they are making this atrocious prayer. The protesters demanded immediate dismissal of the Yogi Adityanath government in UP for allegedly shielding his party legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping the girl in Unnao.

When the gut-wrenching story of how an eight-year-old Asifa was gang-raped multiple times and stoned to death made headlines, the nation cried.

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