Kathua rape: SC orders protection for victim's family, lawyers

Women stage protest demanding justice for the victims of Kathua and Unnao rape cases in Kolkata on Wednesday

Women stage protest demanding justice for the victims of Kathua and Unnao rape cases in Kolkata on Wednesday

The court order came on victim father's plea seeking transfer of trial and protection.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also asked the state government to give security to the lawyer and a family friend assisting them in pursuing the case.

Ahmed, a non-affiliated member who wanted the United Kingdom government to take up the issue of self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the northeast, mentioned the Kathua rape case while asking how Britain could help bring her assailants and those in other cases to justice. A chargesheet have been filed in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kathua, state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The bench issued notice to the state on the petition from Mohd Akhtar, victim's father, seeking transfer of the trial outside Kathua court to a court in Chandigarh on the grounds that the atmosphere in Kathua was not conducive for fair trial. It will hear the matter next on April 27. He also sought for strengthening of security at the juvenile home where a minor accused is lodged. "This is the kind of investigation that they want to derail", Jaising said. Read Also:Kathua Rape case: Farooq Abdullah slams Mehbooba Mufti's Peoples Democratic Party for remaining silent as Gujjars, Bakerwals were dispossessed, hounded Apart from Sanji Ram, his nephew (juvenile) and son Vishal Jangotra, the five other accused, include special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surrender Kumar, sub inspector Anand Dutta and head constable Tilak Raj.

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The bench made it clear that it would confine itself only to the safety and security aspect at the moment.

In January, a group of men, including cops, kidnapped an eight-year-old child of the nomadic Bakarwal community in Kathua. On Friday midnight, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders held a candlelight vigil at the India Gate in the national capital to demand strict action in Unnao and Kathua rape cases.

On January 17, the body of a minor girl was found in the forests near Rasana, Hiranagar.

A girl displays a placard during a protest against the rape and murder of a 8-year-old girl in Kathua, in Bengaluru on Monday.

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