Six convicted in Kathua case

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Six of the seven accused have been convicted by a special court in Pathankot in the rape and murder of an eight year old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir.

Those convicted are Sanji Ram, the village head, his juvenile nephew Anand Dutta and two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma. Also convicted are Head Constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence.

The seventh accused, Vishal, who is the son of main accused Sanji Ram has been acquitted. The quantum of punishment will be announced later in the day. The convicted, however, face a minimum sentence of life imprisonment or a maximum sentence of death penalty.

The in-camera trial had concluded on June 3, after which the District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh announced that the verdicts would be delivered today, June 10.

The girl, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe was kidnapped and held captive at a village temple in Kathua. She was drugged, starved and repeatedly raped for days before she was strangled and head bashed with a rock.

Her body was found in a forest area on January 17. Three days later, one of the accused was arrested by the police.

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Six of the seven accused have been convicted by a special court in Pathankot in the rape and murder of an eight year old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. Those convicted are Sanji Ram, the village head, his juvenile…