Soz terms lawyers action at Kathua as 'unfortunate'

11 April, 2018, 04:53 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • A group of lawyers had tried to prevent police from filing a chargesheet against seven accused in alleged rape and murder of an 8-year-old nomad girl in a court in Kathua district on Monday

The lawyers at Kathua court tried to stop police from entering the court premises, however, police managed to file the charge sheet in the court.

After more police and CRPF personnel were rushed to the court, Crime Branch officers finally managed to present the seven accused in the court of chief judicial magistrate and file the charge sheet against them. "It is politically motivated, obnoxious and conspiracy to achieve something out of this heinous crime for those hindering the process of justice", Mir said in a statement here.

The body of the eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakerwal community was recovered from the forests in Rassana on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the woods.

"It is extremely unfortunate that some lawyers speak in the name of Jammu Bar Association and their behavior is an attempt to appease hard core elements of the RSS and the BJP, but they have decidedly brought bad name to Jammu", former Union Minister told KNS. Top sources in the state police crime branch had said that the DNA of hair strands found inside the temple matched with those of the eight-year-old who was raped and subsequently murdered. How low can one stoop to defend his prejudices and biases!

A group of lawyers had yesterday staged protests outside a Kathua court when the sleuths of the crime branch of J&K Police reached there along with lawyers to file their charge-sheet against the accused, which include a former bureaucrat and two special police officers.

Bar Association president B S Slathia said they had called the bandh to demand handing over of the case to CBI, deportation of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis from Jammu, and a clarification from the government on its tribal policy.

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A minor was initially arrested in relation to the case.

A women's roundtable conference, organised by NGO Fahad Mir Foundation of Jammu and Swar Raga of Haryana on 7 April, said that crimes should not be politicised or communalised, and should be dealt as per law.

"We want an investigation done by the CBI", said a protesting lawyer.

The police have arrested eight persons, including two SPOs and a head-constable, in connection with the case.

Other details which have come up during the investigation are the fact that the juvenile's mother was aware of the crime committed by her son and she had allegedly sent a portion of the total Rs 5 lakh promised to the police for destruction of evidence in the crime.

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