Kathua case: SC issues notice to J&K government over alleged torture of witness

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India, File Photo

New Delhi, Aug 8: The Supreme Court today issued notice the Jammu and Kashmir government seeking a response on a plea filed by a family member of the key witness of Kathua gang rape-and-murder case, Talib Hussain.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra fixed August 21 as the next date of hearing.

The habeas corpus petition claiming that Hussain was allegedly picked up by the police and was allegedly meted out third-degree torture was filed on Tuesday.

In may, the apex court transferred the trial in the Kathua gang rape and murder case to Pathankot following the petition filed victim’s father.

Hussain is a social activist, who also led a protest seeking justice for the family of the eight-year-old victim.

A minor girl, belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe,  was held in a small village temple for a week during which she was drugged, gang-raped, tortured and killed in January.

Later her body was found dumped in a forest near Rasana village.

Eight people, including four police personnel– a head constable, a sub-inspector and two special police officers — have been arrested and charges have been filed against seven of them in connection with the horrific gangrape case.


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