Srinagar, Jun 10: Soon after the special court convicted six out of seven accused in the Kathua rape and murder case including mastermind Sanjhi Ram and police officer Deepak Khajuria, the two former chief ministers of J&K Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the decision.
The vice president of National Conference Omar Abdullah in a tweet said; “Amen to that. The guilty deserve the most severe punishment possible under law. And to those politicians who defended the accused, vilified the victim & threatened the legal system no words of condemnation are enough.”
Similarly, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the decision and said; “High time we stop playing politics over a heinous crime where an 8 year old child was drugged, raped repeatedly & then bludgeoned to death. Hope loopholes in our judicial system are not exploited & culprits get exemplary punishment.
The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has a welcomed the Pathankot Court decision convicting six persons in horrific gang rape and murder of eight year old girl in Rasana.
In a statement JKPCC President G.A. Mir has hailed the Pathankot Court decision of convicting six persons in horrendous rape and murder of an eight year old nomadic girl in Rasana and sought exemplary punishment to culprits.
Mir also emphasized that the trial in similarly situated cases of rapes and murders in the Country or State should be completed on fast track basis to ensure timely justice to victims.
KHCBA dissatisfied with punishment
Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, express its dissatisfaction over the order of sentence passed by a Pathankot Court against three accused persons, who were found guilty of conspiracy, kidnapping, drugging, gang-raping and killing of an eight year old Bakerwal girl at Rasana Kathua, Jammu, but has awarded them life imprisonment and fine u/s 120-B, 302, 376-D, 328 and 360 RPC.
“The accused persons having committed a dastardly act, therefore, they deserved a death penalty but the court has awarded them lenient punishment of life imprisonment, for no obvious reason,” the Kashmir lawyers’ body told GNS.
The court has also convicted other three accused persons who are police officials u/s 201 and 343 RPC and has sentenced them to five years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50000.
“Though, these three persons being part of the conspiracy and being police officials deserved the punishment of maximum punishment prescribed by Section 201 and 343 RPC. The Court has also acquitted Vishal Jangotra, the son of Sanji Ram, the mastermind, by giving him the benefit of doubt, “to which he was not entitled under law.” However, notwithstanding the “lenient punishment awarded to the accused persons, the judgment pronounced by the Pathankot Court is a slap on the face of all those, who try to communalize the crime and besides vilifying the victim, came out openly in support of the accused persons.”
The verdict is also bound to prevent others from committing such like acts on hapless victims and will also work as a deterrent against those, who derive pleasure in committing such beastly acts, it said.
The Bar Association also appreciates the steps taken by the Pathankot Court in completing the trial of the case within seventeen months, during the course of which it recorded the statement of 114 witnesses without availing a single holiday during the period and after hearing the arguments of the respective counsel, pronounced its verdict swiftly, so as to ensure justice to the victim family. (GNS)