The Hush Post| 12:18pm| 2-min-read
In the Kathua rape case, temple priest Sanji Ram is one of the six accused who have been held guilty of the 8-year-old’s rape last year.
Sanji Ram’s son, Vishal Jangotra, however, is the only one who has been acquitted in the case. Vishal is said to have been giving an exam in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district .
Six of the total seven accused have been convicted for the murder and rape of the eight-year-old Kathua girl.
The judgement was delivered in the court of District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh at Pathankot after the trial was shifted from Jammu. The sentence will be announced at 2 pm. The convicts are likely to get minimum life imprisonment or maximum death penalty for the heinous crime.
Besides Sanji Ram, the others arrested in the case were his son Vishal, a nephew whose age is being disputed, his friend Anand Dutta and two special police officers identified as Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma. The policemen accused of destroying evidence are Head Constable Tilak Raj and Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta.
The in-camera trial in the case had ended on June 3.
Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place because of the high-profile nature of the case.
According to the charge-sheet, the girl, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was kidnapped and held captive at a village temple in Kathua district on January 10 last year. She was drugged, starved and repeatedly raped for days. She was finally strangled and her head was smashed with a rock.
The child’s mutilated body was found in a forest area on January 17.
Three days later, one of the accused – reportedly a juvenile – was arrested by police. The trial in his case is yet to begin. The petition on determining his age is yet to be heard by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.