Kathua Rape Case: District Court Sets April 28 As Next Date Of Hearing

| April 16 , 2018 , 13:59 IST

The case of the brutal gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua in January finally reached a court of law on Monday when a Kathua district court directed that chargesheet copies be provided to all the 8 accused and set the next hearing date for April 28.

The announcement from the Kathua district court came hours after the Counsel for one of the accused claimed that they had not received a full chargesheet copy.

"Full chargesheet copy has not been provided to us, we are depending on information from social media.We are handicapped," said Aseem Sahni, Counsel for accused constable Tilak Raj.

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"Court directed that chargesheet copies should be provided to all accused, we are ready for narco tests. Next date of hearing is April 28," said Ankur Sharma, counsel for the accused.

For the trial in the sensitive case which gained a communal tint since the victim was Muslim and the accused are Hindus, the Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two special public prosecutors, both of whom are Sikhs.

Ahead of the court hearing, the 8-year-old victim's father had approached the Supreme Court seeking safety, security and the transfer of the case outside Jammu and Kashmir.

The counsel for the victim, Deepika S Rajawat also expressed concerns regarding her own personal safety.

"I don't know till when I will be alive. I can be raped, my modesty can be outraged, I can be killed, I can be damaged. I was threatened yesterday that 'we will not forgive you'. I am going to tell SC tomorrow that I am in danger," Rajawat said.

The 8-year-old girl had been walking her horses in a meadow in Kathua when she was kidnapped, force-fed sedatives, starved and gangraped repeatedly over a period of 5 days before she was strangled to death and her head was bashed in. A total of 8 people have been arrested in the case, including police officers who were paid by the rapists to cover up the case.