Srinagar, Apr 15: Deepika S Rajawat, the counsel of Kathua rape and murder victim’s family, on Sunday claimed threat to her life. Adding further, she said that she will inform the Supreme Court on Monday about the danger to her life. Notably, the trials in the gruesome Kathua rape and murder case begins today against eight accused who allegedly held the eight-year-old girl in captivity in a small village temple in the district in January during which she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.
“I don’t know till when I will be alive. I can be raped, my modesty can be outraged, I can be killed, I can be damaged. I was threatened yesterday that ‘we will not forgive you’. I am going to tell SC tomorrow that I am in danger,” Rajawat was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Earlier, Rajawat had accused Jammu Bar Association President BS Slathia of threatening her in a bid to prevent her from appearing in the case. Speaking to TV channels, she informed that Slathia, on Wednesday, asked her to stay away from the case. The incident happened while she was on her way to the court, she said. Adding further, she quipped, “I am not a member of the Jammu Bar Association. I am not answerable to him, I am only answerable to my client.” (Surat: Body of Unidentified Minor Girl Found With 86 Injury Marks; Doctor Suspects Rape)
Rajawat also alleged that protesting lawyers are trying to pressurise her so that she doesn’t fight for justice. However, putting full faith in police investigation, she said that her fight for the justice to eight-year-old Kathua gangrape victim will continue and that she is not scared of any threat.
Meanwhile, she had filed a complaint with the Jammu and Kashmir High Court as well as the Supreme Court following which the HC directed the security wing to ensure her safety in the court premises.
On the other hand, the Bar Council has denied the claims made by Rajawat. As per it, she was requested not to appear in any of the cases as the lawyers are on strike since April 3.
Rajawat is an advocate in Jammu who took up the case of the eight-year-old Bakarwal girl who was raped and murdered in January. She is also chairperson and founder of an NGO, Voice for Rights, which works among underprivileged women and children.