Six men have been held guilty in the gang-rape, torture and killing of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua in January last year, which shocked and disturbed the country. Those convicted by a special court in Pathankot include former government officer Sanji Ram, who was believed to be the mastermind.
Those convicted may face a minimum sentence of life imprisonment and a maximum of the death penalty.
The in-camera trial in the case ended on June 3, following which District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh announced that the verdict would be delivered today. Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place because of the high-profile nature of the case.
The investigations of the Crime Branch suggested that the girl was raped and murdered in an effort to strike fear among nomads frequenting the Kathua area and drive them out.
Source – NDTV