J&K

Kathua rape-and-murder case verdict today

Pathankot: The verdict in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir will be delivered by a special court here on Monday.

The in-camera trial in the case that shook the nation ended on June 3, when District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh had announced that the verdict was likely to be delivered on June 10.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made in and around the court and in Kathua in view of the pronouncement of the judgment, officials said on Sunday. The situation will be monitored closely, they said.

According to the 15-page charge sheet, the girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 last year, was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district after having been kept sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death.

The day-to-day trial commenced in the first week of June last year at the district and sessions court in Pathankot in neighbouring Punjab, after the Supreme Court ordered that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir.

The apex court order came after lawyers in Kathua prevented the Crime Branch officials from filing a charge sheet in the case.

The prosecution team in the case comprised J.K. Chopra, S.S. Basra and Harminder Singh. (PTI)

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