The courts have finally delivered justice for the eight-year-old girl Kathua girl as six of the seven accused in the horrific gangrape-and-murder case were convicted by a court.
Though a seventh accused, identified as Vishal — son of main accused Sanji Ram — was acquitted by the court, giving him the benefit of doubt, the court acted against others despite various impediments that some criminal elements tried to create during the trial and the proceedings of the case.
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, gangrape and destruction of evidence. Apart from these people two police officials — Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj –and a special police officer Surender Verma have been convicted for destruction of evidence.
The Kathua gang rape and murder case has finally reached its closure after the crime branch of the state police filed the chargesheet against eight persons, including a juvenile.
The chargesheet filed in April last year said that the girl was kidnapped on January 10 that year and was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple, exclusively manned by Ram, after having been kept sedated for four days. She was later bludgeoned to death.
The day-to-day trial commenced in the first week of June last year at the district and sessions court in Pathankot in neighbouring state of Punjab, about 100 km from Jammu and 30 km from Kathua, after the Supreme Court ordered on May 7, 2018 that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir.
This order was passed by the SC after lawyers in Kathua prevented Crime Branch officials from filing a chargesheet in the sensational case, which shocked the nation.
Though the case attracted much attention it was the sinister designs of some criminal elements including some lecherous politicians who took advantage of the sentiment among a section of the population and tried to make an issue out of the gang rape that claimed the life of an eight year old kid.
The case was all the more important in more than one way. Justice to the nomad minor girl meant that the courts had to be upright and unbiased, which of course it did prove that no influence or mindless protests and agitations will deter the judiciary from carrying out its duties.
The Kathua rape and murder case was a living example of the highhandedness that some elements of the society resort to using religion and support from insane politicians. However, the courts stand and the upright judgment proved that saner elements rule the roost and the criminals will have to face the consequences. No matter what tactics they resort to so as to get way with the crime.