New Delhi, June 4: The Jammu and Kashmir police is trying for the juvenile in Kathua rape case to be tried as an adult and they’re pinning their hopes on a birth certificate application filed 14 years ago by the father of the youth. While a panel of medical experts pegged the age of the ‘juvenile’ accused anywhere between 19 and 23 years, the police have raised doubts over his claims because of a birth certificate application his father had filed, say media reports. The High Court will hear the matter on June 6. (Also read: Accused Vishal Jangotra’s Signature Doesn’t Match)
As per reports, the state crime branch has attached the application filed by the father in the tehsildar’s office in Hiranagar in Jammu on April 15, 2004, has “imaginary” entries. In his application, the father had reportedly asked for a birth certificate for his eldest, a boy, whose date of birth was mentioned as November 23, 1997; then a daughter said to be born on February 21, 1998, and the youngest, the Kathua case accused, on October 23, 2002. Interestingly, the date of birth of the two elder children shows a difference of just two months and 28 days, “which by any medical standard is impossible”, the Crime Branch points out. This raises doubts over the information given by the father, the crime branch said.
This is not all. The Crime Branch points out that the juvenile is said to be born at a Hiranagar hospital. Police sought records of the accused’s birth along with details of the parents and learnt that hospital records show no delivery in the name of the accused’s mother on the said date. The Crime Branch has attached all these documents with its petition.
“…in fact these entries were imaginary, and without any supporting birth record of either Municipal Committee or Primary Health Centre where the birth of the respondent (juvenile) is stated to have taken place,” the affidavit submitted by the police stated, said a report in NDTV.com.
The other seven accused are being tried in a court in Pathankot after the Supreme Court ordered the case to be shifted out of Jammu. The eight-year-old girl, kidnapped by a group to drive out her Bakerwal community in January, was kept sedated and gang-raped repeatedly for days before her head was bashed in.