NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court (SC) today asked the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government for a reply by April 27 on whether a plea to transfer the Kathua rape and murder case from the state's courts to Chandigarh should be permitted.
The SC also asked the state government to give security to the Victim’s family who was raped and murdered in Kathua in January.
The father sought security for the victim's family and lawyers representing them. In addition, his plea seeks a court direction to support security at the juvenile home.
Meanwhile, the Kathua district court today deferred the date for hearing the case to April 28. All the accused were brought to the court today.
The eight-year-old girl was allegedly kept locked up in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January this year. During that week she was allegedly kept sedated and sexually assaulted a number of times before being bludgeoned to death.
In the court, SC lawyer Indira Jaising told the Supreme Court state police had done a good job and it not only arrested all the accused persons on evidence but also on the scientific basis.'
Kathua alleged rape and murder case: Senior Supreme Court lawyer, Indira Jaising, appearing for the victim's father, told the Supreme Court, 'the atmosphere is not conducive to a fair trial. The atmosphere is highly polarised.'