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Kathua Rape Case: Lawyers Prevent Crime Branch From Filing Charge Sheet

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| April 9 , 2018 , 19:45 IST

In a shameful incident, officials of Jammu and Kashmir crime branch were prevented by the lawyers from filing the charge sheet over the brutal rape and murder of Asifa, an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. With investigation in its final stage, filing a charge sheet is essential for further hearing.

Enraged with the unfortunate act, the former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, "Lawyers in Kathua Jammu tried to stop the J&K Police Crime Branch from filing a charge sheet in the case of the rape & murder of an 8 yr old girl but some "news" channels are happier reporting outside a chola bhatura shop."

The young girl who belonged to the Bakherwal community was raped and brutally murdered in January. Under the influence of heavy sedatives, Asifa was held captive for multiple days at a "devsthan" (prayer hall) maintained by one of the accused at Rasana village in Kathua near Jammu.

Reports about the eight-year-old being kept at the prayer hall were confirmed when Delhi-based forensic sciences laboratory conducted DNA tests on the strands of hair recovered from the hall and revealed that they indeed belonged to the victim and she was given doses of sedatives constantly.

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The said prayer hall was maintained by retired revenue official Sanji Ram who is among the eight accused arrested in the case along with his son Vishal and nephew Shubham. Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) were also arrested by the Crime Branch in the case.

A Rasana resident Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj were taken into custody for attempting to destroy the evidence. A week after being missing, the body of the girl from was recovered from Rassana forest in Kathua on 17 January.

Sources suggest that the girl's murder was allegedly part of a conspiracy to force the Bakherwals to move out of the area as the main accused had earlier objected to the purchase of land on the outskirts of Rasana a village of 13 Brahmin households by Bakherwals.