Kathua Rape Case : Temple Priest Sanji Ram Among Six Convicted, Sentencing Argument at 2pm

Kathua Rape Case Verdict LIVE: Temple priest and main accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, Sanji Ram, is among the six who have been convicted of the heinous crime by a special court today. Ram’s son Vishal Jangotra is the only one to have been acquitted.

The in-camera trial in the case ended on June 3, when district and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh had announced that the verdict was likely to be delivered on June 10. Elaborate security arrangements have been made in and around the court and in Kathua in view of the pronouncement of the judgment, officials said on Sunday. The situation will be monitored closely, they said.
Jun 10, 2019
12:10 pm (IST)
The quantum of sentencing in the Kathua rape and murder case will be pronounced today.

Jun 10, 2019
12:09 pm (IST)
The six convicted so far by the Pathankot court in the Kathua rape and murder case are Sanji Ram, Anand Dutta, Parvesh Kumar, Deepak Khajuria, Surender Verma and Tilak Raj.

Jun 10, 2019
12:04 pm (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader Omar Abdullah hails the verdict and says, “The guilty deserve the most severe punishment possible under law. And to those politicians who defended the accused, vilified the victim & threatened the legal system no word of condemnation are enough.”

Omar Abdullah

@OmarAbdullah
Amen to that. The guilty deserve the most severe punishment possible under law. And to those politicians who defended the accused, vilified the victim & threatened the legal system no words of condemnation are enough. #KathuaRapeCase

Arvind Gunasekar
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All seven accused held guilty in the horrific #KathuaRapeCase

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Jun 10, 2019
11:59 am (IST)
The six accused in the Kathua rape case have been convicted under atleast three sections including Ranbir Penal Codes’ Sections 201 (pertaining to the disappearance of evidence) and 120-B (pertaining to criminal conspiracy).

Jun 10, 2019
11:52 am (IST)
The main accused, village and priest Sanji Ram, has been convicted. His son, Vishal, however, has been acquitted in the case. Vishal is said to have been giving an exam in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district and was able to produce alibi for the same.

Jun 10, 2019
11:44 am (IST)
Six of Seven Accused Convicted in Kathua Rape Case | Six of the seven accused have been convicted for the murder and rape of the eight-year-old Kathua girl.

Jun 10, 2019
11:38 am (IST)
The judge has started reading the verdict in the Kathua rape case. All the seven accused are present in the court room. The decision will be announcement anytime now.

Jun 10, 2019
11:12 am (IST)
All the seven accused have been beckoned to the court room. The verdict is likely to be delivered shortly

Jun 10, 2019
11:01 am (IST)
Over a year has passed since eight-year-old Aiman (name changed) was gang-raped and murdered. Aiman, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe in Jammu and Kashmir, was just six-months-old when her mother decided to give her to her childless brother. Members of her tribe are mostly shepherds who spend their life herding cattle.

Jun 10, 2019
10:40 am (IST)
All the seven accused in Kathua rape case have arrived at the special court in Pathankot. The judge has also arrived.

Jun 10, 2019
10:34 am (IST)
Ankur Sharma, who appeared for one of the accused, says that he expects an acquittal in the matter. Sharma further says that there could be bad judgements. “This was marred by media trial. We asked for the CBI trial that wasn’t given. We’ll approach the high court.”

Jun 10, 2019
10:08 am (IST)
Then Govt Had Vested Interest Says Lawyer AK Sawhney | Defence Lawyer AK Sawhney terms the case a conspiracy by the government. “The then government wanted to frame these people, particularly those from Rasana village. They had a vested interest,” he says and adds that he will appeal before the Chandigarh High Court.

Jun 10, 2019
9:48 am (IST)
Even as the verdict in the Kathua rape case is just hours away from being delivered, the nomadic Bakarwal community, including the parents of the murdered 8-year-old are en-route Kashmir with their cattle. “We have to move as per our own schedule. What will we do in court now,” the heartbroken father told News18.

Jun 10, 2019
9:30 am (IST)
Lawyer Deepika Rajawat Says a Favourable Verdict Will ‘Answer Those Trying to Divide Society’ | The Kathua rape victim’s former lawyer Deepika Rajawat says that it is “good” that the case was transferred to Pathankot citing the subsequent protests. “It was disturbing to see people protest for the accused, these people were misguided. If verdict comes in our favour it would be an answer to those who try to divide the society,” she says.

Jun 10, 2019
9:13 am (IST)
Main accused Sanji Ram’s sister Madhu has arrived at Pathankot special court ahead of the verdict pronouncement. Ram, along with six others, has been accused under the Ranbir Penal Code(RPC), including Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) and 376-D (gang-rape). The accused, if convicted, face minimum life imprisonment and a maximum death penalty.

Jun 10, 2019
9:04 am (IST)
According to the SP operations of Punjab police for Pathankot, Manoj Thakur, over 300 police personnel have been deployed in and around the court complex.

Jun 10, 2019
9:01 am (IST)
Elaborate Security Arrangements Made in Pathankot, Kathua | Ahead of the judgement pronouncement, elaborate security arrangements have been made in and around the Pathankot district complex and in Kathua.

Jun 10, 2019
8:56 am (IST)
The main accused in the case is village head and retired revenue officer Sanji Ram. Others arrested and charged in the case were his son Vishal, a “juvenile” nephew, his friend Anand Dutta and two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surendra Verma. The two policemen were arrested over the destruction of evidence in the case.

Jun 10, 2019
8:54 am (IST)
According to the 15-page charge sheet, the eight-year-old girl, belonging to the nomadic Bakarwal tribe, was kidnapped on January 10 last year. She is then said to have been raped during the four days that she was kept captive in a small village temple in Kathua district after which she was bludgeoned to death.

Jun 10, 2019
8:48 am (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir Special Court to Deliver Verdict Today | The verdict in the rape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua will be delivered by a special court in Pathankot today. The case, involving the kidnapping, rape and murder of the minor victim, had shook the nation in January last year.

Kathua Rape Case Verdict LIVE: Temple Priest Sanji Ram Among Six Convicted, Son Acquitted; Sentencing Argument at 2pmRepresentative image.

According to the 15-page charge sheet, the eight-year-old girl, who was kidnapped on January 10 last year, was allegedly raped in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district after having been kept sedated for four days before she was 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 that the case be shifted out of Jammu and Kashmir.

The apex court order came after lawyers in Kathua prevented Crime Branch officials from filing a charge sheet in the sensational case, which shocked the nation. The prosecution team in the case comprised JK Chopra, SS Basra and Harminder Singh.

The Crime Branch arrested village head Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, juvenile nephew and his friend Anand Dutta, and two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma. Head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence, were also arrested.

Charges of rape and murder were framed by the district and sessions judge against seven out of the eight accused. The trial against the juvenile is yet to begin as his petition on determining his age is to be heard by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

All the accused, barring the juvenile, were shifted to Gurdaspur jail following an intervention by the Supreme Court which also restricted appearance of the defence lawyers and limited it to one or maximum of two per accused.

The charge sheet said the girl had gone missing while grazing horses. Investigators said the accused juvenile had abducted the girl under the pretext of helping her find her horses. The abduction, rape and killing of the child was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, it said.

The case had become a bone of contention between the then ruling alliance partners PDP and the BJP after two ministers of the saffron party, Chowdhury Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, participated in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in support of the accused arrested by the state crime branch.