According to the charge sheet, the victim was held in captivity at a small village temple in Kathua district where she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before she was bludgeoned to death.
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The real concern of this court is to see that a fair trial is conducted and 'fair trial' means fair to the accused as well as to the victims, it said.
The Supreme Court today agreed to consider a plea of two accused in the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua that the trial in the case be held in Jammu.
According to the Crime Branch charge sheet, the juvenile accused had played a key role in the abduction, rape and gruesome murder of the girl.
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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.
Body of the minor girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.
The arrest came as a shock to many as the SPO was in the police team that had searched for the girl.