New Delhi, Apr 20: The defence lawyer of accused in Kathua rape and murder case, who landed in a controversy on Tuesday when he made a sexist remark on an investigating officer of the probe team, has denied making the statement and said that he was ‘misquoted’. Advocate Ankur Sharma had questioned the ‘intelligence’ of the woman cop who is a part of the probe team in the case.
“Shwetambri kya hai, ladki hai. Uska kitna hi dimaag hoga (What is Shwetambri, she is a girl, how intelligent can she be?) She is a new officer and by showing her a few circumstantial evidences, some people made her believe that the crime has been committed in this fashion,” Sharma told a news channel. Adding further, the defence lawyer said, “She was misguided by someone.”
Days after stoking up a controversy, the Jammu-based advocate, who is representing five of the eight accused in Kathua rape and murder case, claimed that he was not ‘quoted correctly’, a report said.
“I have been misquoted,” he said while he admitted that he had no bad intentions. Adding more, he told a news website, “But if there is a group with a woman having one year of experience and four other men having 25 years of experience driving political agenda, then that is bound to influence the lady officer.”
On the other hand, Sharma’s remarks have left the women police officer Shwetambri Sharma “disheartened”.
“By saying such a thing, he has disheartened me,” Shwetambri, who served in the Anantnag shortly after her graduation, was quoted as saying in the media report. Pitching for justice for the eight-year-old Kathua gangrape and murder victim, she said, “Our focus should remain on getting justice,”
Lawyer Ankur Sharma’s remarks came after Shwetambri Sharma, the lone woman officer in the Special Investigative Team (SIT) of the Crime Branch that probed Kathua gangrape and murder case, spoke on the hardships she faced for joining the investigation.
An eight-year-old Bakerwal girl was abducted on January 10 and held captive inside a temple in Rasana village of Hiranagar area in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. She was drugged and raped repeatedly before being murdered. Her body was found dumped in the adjoining forest area on January 17. The state police produced eight accused before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Kathua on Monday and next hearing will take place on April 28.