Kathua rape & murder case

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The daughter of Ram has said that there is some conspiracy against her father and has demanded a CBI probe. The atmosphere is highly polarised, she also said.

The rape and murder of eight-year-old Bakerwal girl, who was raped inside a temple, has created a large controversy in the state.

Meanwhile, trials of the accused in the horrific case began at Kathua court today.

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Jaising told the Court that the petitioner's only interest in the matter is to ensure that justice is secured for the victim. The eight-year-old minor Asifa Bano, a Bakarwal girl was brutally raped and murdered by eight men in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua.

"Be that as it may, we do not intend to enter into this sphere (transfer of case to CBI) at this stage", the bench said, noting the submission of the victim's father. The court was, however, adjourned soon after the hearing began as the defence claimed that the Jammu and Kashmir Police had not provided a copy of the chargesheet to them. Jangotra, who was studying in a college in Uttar Pradesh, travelled to Kathua allegedly to participate in the crime.

The Kathua rape victim Asifa Bano's family lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat alleges life threats and fears that she can be raped or killed anytime.

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Slamming the Delhi Police for trying to end her strike, Maliwal said private doctors on Monday examined her and the reports suggest that she can continue the hunger strike.

District and Sessions Judge Sanjay Gupta asked the state Crime Branch to give copies of the charge sheet to the accused and set the next date of hearing as April 28. The eight accused were brought to the court amid tight security. The disbursement of compensation will be made if the victim's father files an undertaking that in the case of the trial court ordering the accused to pay any amount as compensation, he will remit the amount, whether equal or as ordered, whichever is less.

The accused's lawyer said they were "ready" for the narco tests. Further the police were also ordered to provide security to the family's advocate.

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The charge sheets filed by the J&K crime branch state that the abduction, rape, and killing of the minor Bakerwal girl was part of a carefully planned strategy aimed at forcing the minority nomadic community out of the area. During that week she was allegedly kept sedated and sexually assaulted several times before being bludgeoned to death. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.

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