Published On: Mon, Jun 10th, 2019

Kathua rape-murder case: Three get life term, 3 others sentenced for 5 years jail term

Pathankot: A Special Court in Pathankot of Punjab on Monday convicted six out of the seven in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua last year.

Pathankot District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh announced the verdict in the open court

Three main convicts in the Kathua rape and murder case, including temple priest Sanjhi Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Pravesh Kumar have been sentenced to life imprisonment. The three policemen – Surender Verma, Anand Dutta and Tilak Raj – who were also convicted in this case have been sentenced to five years in jail.

Pathankot District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh announced the verdict in the open court.

Ram’s son Vishal is acquitted due to lack of evidence, while an accused juvenile faces a separate trial. His trial is yet to begin as a petition to determine his age is waiting judgement in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

“We are going to challenge the judgment,” said a defence counsel, after coming out of the court.

The in-camera trial in the case ended on June 3, following which District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh announced that the verdict would be delivered on June 10.

According to the charge sheet, the girl, who belonged to a nomadic tribe, was kidnapped and held captive at a village temple in Kathua district on January 10 last year.

The 15-page charge sheet against the accused had said that the eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 last year, was raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district after having been sedated for four days before she was bludgeoned to death.

The Supreme Court had ordered that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir and be heard on a daily basis by the trial court in Pathankot.

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