Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

J&K police clarify reports regarding Kathua rape and murder case

J&K police clarify reports regarding Kathua rape and murder case

Shutting-down the rumour mills, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said investigating agency is in the process of submitting supplementary charge sheet in the rape and murder case of eight-year-old tribal nomad girl of Kathua. The Crime Branch said that opinion furnished by medical experts has given strength to the investigation conducted so far as the medical report has confirmed that the victim was found subjected to sexual assault by the accused. The chargesheet by the Crime Branch, which is slated to file a supplementary chargesheet soon, revealed horrific details of the crime, triggering a national outrage at a time when the Unnao rape case was already making headlines.

He said the medical expert has also opined that hymen of the victim was not found intact.

Hours after publishing it, the newspaper removed the report for a few hours and uploaded it back online again, according to fact-checking website Boom.

The report also confirmed that the cause of the victim's death was asphyxia which led to the cardiopulmonary arrest.

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"We send you this that we are not guilty of silence and so that callousness and cowardice might finally draw the line at the broken body of a little girl and the rape of a young woman", said the letter.

The Kathua case, where an eight-year old was allegedly raped and murdered, has roiled the country, forced the government to approve an executive order punishing rapists of girls under the age of 12 with death, and polarised the state. Any appeal against the conviction can not take more than six months.

Mumbai: In possibly the most scathing criticism of the BJP-led NDA government in recent times, more than 600 academics and scholars from India and overseas in an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Modi while expressing their "deep anger and anguish" over the events in Kathua and Unnao said that there was an "undeniable association" of violence "with the ruling dispensation".

Besides hitting out at Modi, the letter, which has been signed by more than 200 academics and scholars at universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, also expressed "anguish" over both the rapes in Kathua and Unnao, wherein BJP leaders were involved.

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