"Everything will be clear after the narco test", Sanji Ram, the prime accused in the brutal rape case of eight-year-old girl in Kathua, told reporters outside the court premises on Monday.
The court also directed the state to provide "adequate police protection" to the victim's kin, the two advocates - Deepika Singh Rajawat and Talib Hussain - who are representing the victim's family, and other witnesses in the case. The eight-year-old minor Asifa Bano, a Bakarwal girl was brutally raped and murdered by eight men in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.
The father of Kathua gangrape-and-murder victim has approached the Supreme Court to seek transfer of the trial outside Jammu and Kashmir. The SC will hear the plea at 2 pm today.
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Alleging further professional misconduct, the memorandum alleged that BS Salathia, the president of the Jammu Bar Association, also threatened Deepika Singh Rajawat, the victim's lawyer, for pursuing the case. Further the police were also ordered to provide security to the family's advocate. As the demand for justice for the little one gets louder, the trial in the gruesome rape case began Monday, April 16.
As the trial began inside the court, main accused Sanji Ram's daughter Madhu Sharma protested outside, demanding a CBI probe.
There was heavy police presence at the Kathua court complex following the protests on April 9 when members of the local Bar association did not allow the Crime Branch to submit its chargesheet. The chargesheet filed by the Crime Branch against the eight accused, including a juvenile, revealed sordid details of the crime.
It also appeals for the strengthening of the security cover at the juvenile home that houses the minor accused and to prevent unauthorised individuals from meeting them. The entire nation is staging protest against the heinous crime.More news: Pentagon denies air base was Assaulted by United States outside Homs
The victim was abducted on January 10 and held captive inside a temple in Rasana village of Hiranagar area. The court also issued notice to the state on a petition filed by the victim's father that says the atmosphere in Jammu is highly polarised for a fair trial and the accused must be tried in Chandigarh.
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Lawyers took to the streets shouting slogans and trying to block the road outside the court where the charge sheets have been filed.More news: Pakistan include five uncapped players in Test squad