Two pleas moved by in the court were heard by the bench led by Justice Rajiv Sharma who made it clear that the court would deliver justice.
The girl's father had pleaded that the sentence pronounced on three of the convicts should be increased from life imprisonment to capital punishment.
The trial in this case was shifted to the Pathankot Sessions Court on the directions of the Supreme Court last year.
The crime branch petition had stated that the chief judicial magistrate in Kathua erred in accepting the accused's claim of being a juvenile.
In his 432-page judgment, district and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh underlined big lacunae in investigation.
While the verdict came as a sense of some closure to the family of the eight-year-old, many demanded capital punishment for the guilty. However, Javed Akhtar has something else to say.
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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.
Deepika braved threats and harassments from her colleagues and community members the day she appeared at the Jammu court on behalf of the victim’s family.
Rasana village, where the family lived, has ostracized them and enforced a social boycott, forcing them to leave their land forever.
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.
All the accused have been arrested and rape and murder charges were framed against seven by District and Sessions Judge Pathankot while trial against the juvenile is yet to begin.
Only Sanjhi Ram's son Vishal has been acquitted after the court accepted the latter's plea of alibi that he was taking an exam in UP's Muzaffarnagar on the date of the incident.
The former lawyer of the victim’s family stated that it was a difficult case as the tri-colour was misused and two cabinet ministers, Chander Prakash Ganga and Lal Singh, had supported the accused.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in and around the court and in Kathua in view of the pronouncement of the judgement, officials said Sunday.