Kathua gang rape and murder case: Chief investigator regrets accused Vishal's release on benefit of doubt
One of the most decorated Jammu and Kashmir police officers, R K Jalla said that Sanji Ram made every attempt to save his son from this case.
The court acquitted seventh accused Vishal, the son of main accused Sanji Ram, giving him the 'benefit of doubt', said Farooqi Khan, who represented the victim's family in the court.
A five-year jail term was announced for the three cops, SI Anand Dutta, head constable Tilak Raj and special police officer Surender Verma, for destroying evidence.
The state police has constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the rape case and one person has been arrested.
A case was registered under Sections 451 and 376 of the Ranbir Penal Code and Section 4 of the POSCO Act, the officer said.
Khushal Hussain, a resident of Banullah village, was booked under various sections of the Ranbir Penal Code including rape in 1993, they said.
The girl's parents sought justice for their eight-year-old daughter, who did not know about the difference between Hindus and Muslims, and requested not to look at it through a religious lens.
The court directed media houses to not bring out any publication containing the girl's name, photograph, name of school or any other details which could disclose her identity.
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The BAJ said that the J-K police probe was done amid threats and coercion by a team of officers from Kashmir Valley including one who served jail term for alleged rape and murder of a minor.
Union minister VK Singh promises justice for Kathua tribal girl, Congress questions PM Modi's silence on rapes
A chargesheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police said abduction, rape and killing of the girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority community from the area.
Kathua rape and murder case: Amid protests in support of accused, Jammu and Kashmir Government says rapists of minor girl will be brought to justice
The Jammu and Kashmir government condemned politicization of rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua and asserted that the law would take its course to bring the accused to justice.