Kathua Rape: Accused demands narco test, next hearing on Apr 28

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Kathua Rape: Accused demands narco test, next hearing on Apr 28

Hundreds of people took to the streets in multiple cities across India to protest against the Modi government's lack of action against accused in gang rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir and of a minor girl in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh.

Jammu: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Chander Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh, who have submitted their resignations as minister, on Saturday reiterated the demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir.

The apex court issued a notice to the Jammu and Kashmir state government and sought a reply on the plea filed by the victim's father in the connecting case.

The court directed the prosecution to supply copies of challan with all the documents annexed with it to the accused in Kathua district jail by 4 pm on Tuesday.

In connection with the case, two FIRs have been filed: one against eight people for allegedly being involved in the crime and another has been filed against a group of lawyers who had allegedly stopped the police from filing chargesheet against the eight accused.

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The accused's lawyer said that they were ready for the narco tests. While seven of the accused perpetrators will be questioned in the session court, the chief judicial magistrate of Kathua will hold the trial for the juvenile.

"I don't know till when I will be alive. Next date of hearing is April 28", said Ankur Sharma, counsel for the accused.

"The protesting students Holding placards and banners in their hands read, "Am I going to be safe?", "I am a Woman I stand against rape", "Justice delayed is Justice denied", "Stop the communal radicalization through rapes", " Human Rights are not optional and " Justice for Asifa" and demanding justice for the eight-year-old victim.

She was brought to Lucknow after a brief medical check and produced in the court for recording of her statement.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission advanced by senior advocate Indira Jaising, representing Rajawat and Kapur, for urgent hearing of the two petitions today itself.

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It lists the caretaker of "Devisthan", a small temple, in a village in Kathua, about 90 km from here, as the main conspirator behind the crime.

The eight-year-old girl from the Bakarwal tribe was abducted and sedated January, locked inside a temple and raped for nearly a week.

"Heartening to see the Supreme Court take cognisance of the attempted obstruction of justice by some lawyers in the brutal Kathua rape and murder case reminding us once again of the greatness of this nation", she said. The charge sheet also names investigating officers head constable Tilak Raj and Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Ram and destroyed crucial evidence.

"We will go by the concept of fair trial and victim protection".

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