'Poetic justice' must be done for 'devilish' Kathua crime, evidence points to 'definite guilt' of accused: Court
Commenting on the defence's plea terming the probe as defective, the judge said circumstantial evidence is complete in itself and that defence failed to rebut the strong motive behind the rape.
District and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh relied on the statement of the landlady of Vishal that he was in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh where he was studying in a college.
The defence and the prosecution in the Kathua rape and murder case are going to file appeals in the Punjab and Haryana High Court challenging the Pathankot court verdict.
Then last year, the government brought in a law that makes sexual assault of girls below the age of 12 punishable by death.
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.
Mayawati said such punishments should be given across the country to establish the rule of law.
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.
Several voices have started pouring in questioning as to why the case was not categorised as rarest of rare and maximum punishment of death penalty was not awarded to them.
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.