Kathua Rape and Murder Case: Six of Seven Accused Convicted

A special court ruled today on the brutal gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua last year. Six of the seven accused were convicted and one was acquitted. The three main accused were sentenced to life imprisonment, while the rest were sentenced to five years in prison.

The convicts include Sanji Ram, his nephew and one of his friends, and three police personnel. The police personnel were accused of taking money to destroy evidence. Another one of Sanji Ram’s juvenile nephews was not included in this trial.

Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the temple where the crime took place, Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar, a civilian, have been convicted under Ranbir Penal Code sections pertaining to criminal conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, gangrape, destruction of evidence, drugging the victim and common intention, the lawyers said.…