Kathua Rape Victim’s Kin Satisfied Over Accused Encounter in Hyd
The family of an eight-year-old girl, who was gang-raped and murdered in Kathua in January last year, expressed satisfaction over the encounter of the four accused in the rape and murder of the Hyderabad vet. They said that least the family of the victim will not have to face "nightmare" of lengthy trial.
He said that the accused “deserved death for what they have done” and their death “would at least relieve the veterinarian's family of the ordeal of the courts and lurking threat of the acquittal of the accused.”
All four accused in the rape-and-murder of a 25-year-old woman veterinarian last month were killed by police on the morning of 6 December.
Akhtar said, "My daughter's case moved to a court in Pathankot (Punjab) on the direction of the Supreme Court and after a lengthy trial, one of the main accused was released while another, who is reported to be a juvenile, is still under trial (in Jammu). I am not sure whether he gets the punishment for his role in the crime.”
He said everyday is a nightmare for the family of the victim and, therefore, the delivery of justice in such cases should be speedy and punishment to the accused exemplary, so that it works as a deterrent against anti-social and criminal elements.
The family, which moves between Kashmir and Jammu in search of greener pastures during winter and summer, is presently living in Samba district of Jammu region.
Shortly after the court verdict in July, the girl's father had sought enhancement of the convicts’ sentence to capital punishment and also, challenged the acquittal of one accused.
The court had issued notices to the Jammu and Kashmir government and six men convicted in the case in response to a petition filed on July 10 before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
“If they had done wrong, they deserved death.” Yousuf, who along with his wife has returned to the Kathua village from where the girl went missing, said.
He said the family was expecting capital punishment for all the accused, especially the main culprits, in their case.
The court had also ordered five-year imprisonment for special police officer Surendra Verma, head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta. However, son of Sanji Ram was set free for want of evidence.
The family of the victim have urged the Punjab and Haryana High Court for enhancement of punishment besides challenging the acquittal of the son.
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