Supreme Court Ready To Take Up Kathua Rape Incident, Conditions Apply

| April 13 , 2018 , 15:10 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday said that it would, on its own accord examine the brutal gangrape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua which has shocked the nation especially as more details emerged and 8 people were arrested.

However, the Supreme Court specified that it would probe the case if advocates presented the facts of the case to the court in writing. The apex court wants it in writing that lawyers in Kathua agitated to prevent the filing of the chargesheet against the accused and that the lawyers threatened those representing the family of the victim.

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A group of lawyers in Delhi who practice in the Supreme Court had requested a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud to take suo moto cognisance of the Kathua rape case.

On Monday, a group of irate lawyers from one community in Kashmir had prevented the crime branch of the police from filing a chargesheet against the 7 men accused of the rape and murder of the 8-year-old girl in Kathua district. While the victim was a Muslim, the accused were all Hindus.

Despite the protests from the lawyers, the chargesheet was filed successfully.

The 8-year-old girl was kidnapped from a forest in the Kathua district in January 2018 and subsequently raped for 5 days, while she was force-fed sedatives and starved, before she was murdered. Her dead body was recovered from the Rassana forest on January 17.

The accused, including the mastermind Sanji Ramthe, his son Vishal, sub-inspector Anand Dutta, two Special Police Officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, head constable Tilak Raj and civilian Parvesh Kumar, were booked under Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of Ranbir Penal Code.

Since the incident came to night, protests have been going on across the nation from all areas of society over the horrific ordeal the 8-year-old went through, and the lack of security for women and even young girls in the nation.