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  • 2:46 PM IST
    Kathua Rape-Murder Case Hearing: All the eight accused were produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Kathua amid tight security as the trial started today. The eight, including Sanji Ram, the alleged mastermind of the heinous crime, were produced before CJM Kathua, A.S. Langeh, who has postponed the hearing in the matter for April 28. Relatives of the victim present outside the Kathua court accused the media of ignoring extensive reportage of this heinous crime for nearly three months.
  • 1:27 PM IST

    Kathua Rape-Murder Case Hearing Live Updates: The counsel for the accused Ankur Sharma said on Monday that all of them were ready for the narco tests.

  • 11:49 AM IST

    Kathua Rape-Murder Case Hearing Live Updates: Juvenile arrested in the case has moved a bail application before judicial magistrate. It will be heard later today.

  • 11:46 AM IST
    Kathua Rape-Murder Case Hearing Live Updates: The Supreme Court on Monday said that it will hear later in the day a plea by the father of Kathua rape and murder victim seeking transfer of trial to Chandigarh. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the hearing of the matter to 2 pm.
  • 11:16 AM IST

    Kathua Rape-Murder Case Hearing Live Updates: The court directed that chargesheet copies should be provided to all accused. Next date of hearing is April 28, Ankur Sharma, counsel for accused, said.

  • 10:52 AM IST

  • 10:41 AM IST

    Kathua Rape-Murder Case Hearing Live Updates: Victim’s family is likely to approach the Supreme Court for adequate security besides seeking transfer of trial outside Kathua.

  • 10:13 AM IST

    Kathua Rape-Murder Case Hearing Live Updates: Aseem Sahni, counsel for accused constable Tilak Raj, alleged that the Jammu and Kashmir police didn’t provide chargesheet to them. “Full chargesheet copy has not been provided to us, we are depending on information from social media. We are handicapped,” he told ANI.

  • 10:09 AM IST

    Kathua Rape-Murder Case Hearing Live Updates: Rajawat said she would approach the Supreme Court to seek security for her and family members. “I will tell this to the Supreme Court. I am feeling bad and it’s really unfortunate. You can well imagine my plight. But, I will stand for justice and we would seek justice for the eight-year-old girl,” she said.

  • 10:08 AM IST

    Kathua Rape-Murder Case Hearing Live Updates: Rajawat had accused Jammu Bar Association President BS Slathia of threatening her in a bid to prevent her from appearing in the case.

Srinagar, April 16: The hearing in Kathua rape and murder case will begin today at the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Jammu and Kashmir. Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat will appear for the family of the eight-year-old victim. The Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two special public prosecutors, both Sikhs, to ensure “neutrality” in Kathua rape and murder case which has polarised the state. Catch latest updates on the hearing in Kathua rape and murder case here.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Crime Branch filed the chargesheet in Kathua rape and murder case last week. In chilling revelations, the chargesheet said the eight-year-old girl, belonging to the Bakherwal community, was allegedly raped by six men, who had held her in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January. The minor was kept sedated and sexually assaulted once again before she was bludgeoned to death, revealed the chargesheet.

The abduction, rape and killing of the Bakherwal girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, the chargesheet added. It lists the caretaker of the Devisthan (small temple), Sanji Ram as the main conspirator behind the abduction, rape and killing. He was allegedly joined by special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu, Ram’s nephew, a juvenile, and his son Vishal Jangotra alias “Shamma”.

The chargesheet also names investigating officers head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Ram and destroyed crucial evidence. “In the course of investigation, it transpired that Ram was against the settlement of Bakherwals in Rassana, Kootah and Dhamyal area and always kept on motivating members of his community not to provide land for grazing or any other kind of assistance to them,” the investigation said.

The eight-year-old girl’s body was recovered from Rassana forest in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. The heinous crime has drawn huge criticism and anger from across the country with people demanding justice for the minor. Stay connected to get live updates on hearing in Kathua rape and murder case.