The Supreme Court orders the prosecution of the accused as an adult

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has decided that the accused in the Kathua rape case is eligible as an adult and not as a minor offender.

The court was hearing a plea filed by the Jammu and Kashmir administration challenging its order of the High Court on 11 October 2019.

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court had dismissed an appeal order passed by the Kathua Chief Justice on March 27, 2018, stating that the accused in this case was treated as a minor under the 2013 Act.

However, the High Court had held that the trial court had not committed any illegality or impropriety warranting interference with this revision petition.

The incident is related to 2018, when an 8-year-old girl belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe was kidnapped, drugged, gang-raped, tortured and killed on January 10 in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A Pathankot court on Monday convicted mastermind Sanji Ram and two others of murder, robbery and conspiracy and sentenced them to life imprisonment, while three police officials were found guilty of destroying evidence and given five years in jail.

In January 2018, the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir sparked nationwide outrage.

A Pathankot court had convicted mastermind Sanjhi Ram and two others of murder, robbery and conspiracy and sentenced them to life imprisonment, while three police officials were found guilty of destroying evidence and sentenced to five years in prison.



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