Kathua Case: SC Asks J&K Government to Protect Victim's Kin and Lawyer

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti

As per reports, Supreme Court will be hearing a plea filed by the victim's father over the transfer of case at around 2 PM today.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also asked the state government to give security to the lawyer and a family friend assisting them in pursuing the case. In order to conclude the trail in a "free and fair manner", the case should be transferred out of Jammu, the petition noted. Reports suggest that the hearing in the matter are expected to run their natural course after the Supreme Court had sought explanations from the Bar Council of India, Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council, Jammu High Court Bar Association and Kathua District Bar Association over the lawyers causing obstruction in the case.

Sources said the CBI presented the medical report of the victim in the special court where it was said that she was not a minor at the time of crime. The court was adjourned to allow for this routine procedure, and a further hearing has been set for April 28.

"Be that as it may, we do not intend to enter into this sphere (transfer of case to CBI) at this stage", the bench said.

The victim was kidnapped on January 12, held captive in a local temple where she was allegedly drugged and gang raped before being brutally murdered. He also sought for strengthening of security at the juvenile home where a minor accused is lodged.

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Vizag, on Sunday, witnessed protests break out in the city, demanding justice for the rape victims in the recently reported cases of Unnao and Kathua.The latest happenings left everyone shattered and united people across the city to showcase their resentment. Relatives of the victim present outside the Kathua court accused the media of ignoring extensive reportage of this heinous crime for almost three months. She added that she had been called anti-Hindu and boycotted socially. The atmosphere is highly polarised, she also said.

The accused's lawyer said that they were ready for the narco tests.

Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the "devisthan" in a village in Kathua, about 90 km from Jammu, is listed as the main conspirator behind the crime.

The girl was abducted on January 10 in Jammu's Kathua and killed four days later. Her body was found in the same area a week later.

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