Six out of Seven accused convicted in Kathua rape and murder case
Kashmir News Trust Web Desk
Six of the seven accused in the brutal rape and murder case of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir were convicted by a special court here on Monday. This includes police officers Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar as well as Sanjhi Ram, the head priest of the temple where the ghastly crime took place. Verdict on the one other is expected shortly.
The closed-door hearing in the case was completed on June 3, during which district and sessions judge Tejvinder Singh had announced that the date of verdict. On Monday, the three accused mentioned above, as well Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Surinder were convicted Ranbir Penal Code.
Security had been stepped up outside the court here with local police as well as SSG commandos stationed here.
As per the chargesheet filed in the case, the girl was abducted on January 10, 2018 and held captive at a temple in a village in Kathua district. She was kept unconscious for almost four days, during which she was raped. Following the heinous act, the child was brutally murdered.
The hearing in the case was conducted on a day-to-day basis in the district and sessions court in Pathankot in Punjab. The case was transferred to Pathankot on the orders of the Supreme Court