Kathua‬ Rape case: Supreme court to hear plea of Victim's father at 2 PM today

The plea which was lodged by the father of the eight-year-old girl who was gang-raped, tortured and killed in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in January. The plea urges that the case should be heard in Chandigarh rather than in J&K.

The father is also seeking security for the survivor's family and lawyers representing them. In addition, his plea seeks a court direction to fortify security measures at the juvenile home where a minor accused - one of eight men accused in total - in the case is being kept. The father will also seek a direction from the SC for a complete inquiry into the rape and murder of his daughter.

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.

The murder of the Kathua child, who hailed to a nomadic Muslim community, heated the country after details were uncovered in a police charge sheet last week. It has turned out to be the heavily politicized issue and two BJP ministers from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's cabinet, who had defended the accused, were forced to leave their seat.

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