Kathua rape victim's father wants trial shifted, SC to hear plea today

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Meanwhile, in the United Arab Emirates, over 150 members of the Indian community gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Sharjah Indian Association grounds on April 14 to demand justice for Asifa Bano, the 8-year-old rape victim from Kathua, Jammu.

The Crime Branch of police which probed the case filed a main charge sheet against seven persons and a separate charge sheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district.

The eight-year-old girl belonging to Muslim Bakarwal community was allegedly raped by six men who had held her in captivity in a small temple village for a week in January.

Another senior advocate of the J&K High Court and noted legal expert Zaffar Ahmad Qureshi said: "In my opinion the appropriate place for shifting of the case would be any court within Jammu division except district court Kathua and courts established in Jammu city." .

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered adequate security for the Kathua rape victim's family, their lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat and others and sought the Jammu and Kashmir government's response to a plea for the transfer of the trial of the case to Chandigarh.

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The top court has also agreed to hear the petition at 2 pm on Monday. "Today, I don't know, I am not in my senses".

The court said that the security so provided would be in plainclothes.

The Court then issued notice to the State on the issue of transfer of trial, while directing the State to provide protection to victim's family, lawyer Deepika Rajawat and advocate Talib Hussain.

In Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, a teenage girl alleged she was raped by ruling BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who has been arrested by the CBI, which is probing the case. Ram told the judge that they wanted narco tests and were ready for them.

"As such, we have withdrawn our offer to contest the case free of cost. They should nominate a judge for this goal who should be given the exclusive task to complete the trial of this case as quickly as possible", he said. They said that police inaction after running from pillar to post to seek justice had driven them to try to kill themselves. A large number of people assembled on the road leading to the court, blocked it and held protests against a section of national media accusing it of "portraying" the demand for a CBI probe as pro-rapists and pro-culprits, thereby damaging the reputation of the entire village. The Jammu Bar association, which was left red-faced after the Supreme Court's observation, attempted to put a courageous face saying they had full faith in the apex court and said their main demand was for shifting of illegally settled Rohingyas.

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