Kathua Rape: 2 Sikh Prosecutors Appointed to Check Polarisation
“The police want to have prosecuting officers from a neutral faith to avoid further communal division.”
With several Hindu outfits and lawyers from Jammu Bar Association protesting in support of the accused in gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic Bakherwal Muslim girl in Kathua, the state police has appointed two Sikh police officers as special prosecuting officers to check further polarisation.
As per a report in The Indian Express, the J&K Police want the Crime Branch case to be represented by Bhupinder Singh and Harminder Singh.
The newspaper further quoted its sources saying “the police want to have prosecuting officers from their own ranks but from a neutral faith to avoid further communal division”.
A police officer told the English daily that the probe is being questioned on communal grounds because few members of the Crime Branch investigation team “happen to be Muslims. Ironically, the SSP monitoring the probe is a Kashmiri Pandit”.
Jammu has been tense ever since the rape and murder of the eight-year-old. The police have arrested eight people in the case, but the Jammu Bar Association has opposed the action alleging "targeting of minority Dogras".
A chargesheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police said abduction, rape and killing of the girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority community from the area.
(With inputs from The Indian Express and PTI)
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