Kathua rape and murder case: Victim's father moves HC against acquittal of one accused, seeks stricter sentence for six convicts

The father of the Kathua rape and murder victim moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday seeking enhancement of sentence imposed on six convicts and also challenging the acquittal of one accused

Press Trust of India July 10, 2019 19:52:42 IST
Kathua rape and murder case: Victim's father moves HC against acquittal of one accused, seeks stricter sentence for six convicts
  • The father of Kathua rape and murder victim moved high court seeking enhancement of sentence imposed on six convicts

  • He also challenged the acquittal of Vishal Jangotra, son of Sanji Ram, in the rape and murder case

  • According to charge sheet, the victim was kidnapped and raped in captivity in a small village temple, after keeping her sedated for four days. She was later bludgeoned to death

Chandigarh: The father of an eight-year-old girl, who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district last year, moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday seeking enhancement of sentence imposed on six convicts and also challenging the acquittal of one accused.

The petitioner has requested the court to enhance the sentence of Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar from life imprisonment to capital punishment, his counsel Utsav Bains said.

Kathua rape and murder case Victims father moves HC against acquittal of one accused seeks stricter sentence for six convicts

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"It is rarest of the rare case and as per the standards set by the Supreme Court, that case of rape and murder by a gang of a minor child comes under this category more so when the manner of committing crime exhibits complete insensitivity, cruelty, depravity and perversion," the petition stated.

The petitioner has also requested the court to enhance the sentence of three other convicts — Surinder Kumar, Tilak Raj and Anand Dutta — from five years in jail to life imprisonment.

Last month, a court in Pathankot had awarded life imprisonment till last breath to Sanji Ram, the mastermind and caretaker of the 'devasthanam' (temple) where the crime took place in January last year, Deepak Khajuria, a special police officer, and Parvesh Kumar, a civilian for the gang-rape and murder of the minor.

They were convicted under Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) sections relating to criminal conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, gang-rape, destruction of evidence, drugging the victim and common intention.

The trial court, while acquitting Vishal Jangotra, son of Sanji Ram, had sentenced three other men — sub inspector Anand Dutta, head constable Tilak Raj and special police officer Surender Verma — to five years in jail.

According to a charge sheet filed in April last year, the eight-year-old girl was kidnapped on 10 January and was raped in captivity in a small village temple, exclusively manned by Ram, after keeping her sedated for four days. She was later bludgeoned to death.

"We have also appealed against the wrongful acquittal of Vishal Jangotra in the case," the counsel said.

The father of the deceased girl has also sought exemplary compensation for the family, Bains said.

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