Mehbooba Mufti requests J&K High Court to fast track Kathua rape case

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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti

Jammu : The rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir has caused annoyance across the country. Expressing deep grief and anger, the J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti wrote to the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir high court on Saturday, requesting setting up of a special fast track court to try the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, source in the home department familiar with the development said.

It would complete trial in 90 days and would be the first such court in state, they said.

The J&K government also decided to terminate the accused policemen from his service. According to the charge sheet, special police officers (SPO) Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta were involved in the ghastly crime.

Mehbooba Mufti also took to Twitter to address the people of Jammu for rejecting “communal forces” and for their steady support for the eight-year-old vicitim.

 “I commend the manner in which the people of Jammu dismissed communal forces & were unwavering in their support for a little girl. It has strengthened my belief that Jammu serves as a model of inclusiveness & together the people of J&K inspire secular unity & righteousness.” wrote Mufti in her Twitter account

In an earlier tweet she also said it was comforting to see the Supreme Court pull up the Jammu bar association for blocking justice in the rape and murder case of minor girl.

“Heartening to see the Supreme Court take cognisance of the attempted obstruction of justice by some lawyers in the brutal Kathua rape & murder case reminding us once again of the greatness of this nation,” she wrote.

On Friday the Supreme Court took a serious note of lawyers of the Jammu bar association obstructing the judicial process in the case and initiated a case on its own accord saying such impeding of the process of law “affects the delivery of justice”.