Kathua case: Pathankot court frames charges against seven accused

Sanjhi Ram, Kathua Rape
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New Delhi, June 7: The district and sessions court of Pathankot on Thursday framed charges against seven accused of raping and murdering a minor girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.

According to the 15-page charge sheet of the Jammu and Kashmir’s Crime Branch, the eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community was kidnapped on January 10 this year and allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua, news agency PTI reported.

The seven accused are alleged mastermind Sanji Ram, his son Vishal Jangotra, Vishal’s friend from Rasana village, a sub-inspector of police, a head constable and two special police officers (SPOs).

The eighth accused is a juvenile and his trial is being held separately in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua.

The trial of the case commenced on May 31 after it was shifted to Pathankot by the Supreme Court following a plea of the victim’s father.

The 8-year-old girl, belonging to the Bakherwal community, was held in a small village temple for a week during which she was sedated and sexually assaulted. Later her body was found dumped in a forest near Rasana village.


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