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Kathua rape case: "Was expecting capital punishment", says NCW chief


New Delhi, June 10: The National Commission for Women (NCW) has asked the Jammu and Kashmir Government to approach the higher court and seek capital punishment for Kathua rape and murder convicts.

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Three of the six convicts have been sentenced to life term for kiling of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in J&K's Kathua in January last year. Three accomplices -- Sub Inspector Anand Dutta, Head Constable Tilak Raj and special police officer Surender Verma -- who were convicted for destruction of evidence have been handed over five years imprisonment.

"Was expecting capital punishment for Kathua rape and murder criminals. J&K government must go for appeal in higher court," NCW chief Rekha Sharma told ANI.

Minutes after six men were held guilty in the gang-rape, torture and killing of an eight-year-old girl in J&K's Kathua in January last year, former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah welcomed the court's judgment.

[Kathua rape case: Life imprisonment for 3 convicts, 5 year jail for 3 cops]

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 victim's body was found mutilated in a forested area on January 17. Three days later, one of the accused - reportedly a juvenile - was arrested by police. The trial in his case is yet to begin because a petition on determining his age is yet to be heard by the J&K High Court.

A special court here on Monday convicted six people accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua in J&K. A seventh accused, Vishal, who is the son of main accused Sanji Ram, was acquitted.

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