Pro­tec­tion for rape vic­tim’s kin or­dered

KATHUA RAPE VIC­TIM’S FA­THER SEEKS TRANS­FER OF TRIAL TO CHANDIGARH

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Apex court also takes note of a plea of fa­ther seek­ing trans­fer of trial of the case from Kathua to Chandigarh |

The Supreme Court di­rected the Jammu and Kash­mir gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day to pro­vide se­cu­rity to the fam­ily of the eight-yearold Kathua gang rape and mur­der vic­tim, their lawyer and a fam­ily friend assisting them in pros­e­cut­ing the case.

The apex court also took note of a plea of the vic­tim’s fa­ther seek­ing trans­fer of the trial of the case from Kathua, prefer­ably to Chandigarh and sought re­sponse of the state gov­ern­ment.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, the vic­tim’s fa­ther ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the probe so far, con­ducted by Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice and op­posed the plea for CBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­manded by oth­ers.

“Be that as it may, we do not in­tend to en­ter into this sphere [trans­fer of case to CBI] at this stage,” a bench com­pris­ing Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra and jus­tices A M Khan­wilkar and D.Y. Chan­drachud said.

The bench also took note of the ap­pre­hen­sion with re­gard to the se­cu­rity and asked the state to pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity per­son­nel, in plain clothes to the vic­tim’s fam­ily, their lawyer Deepika Singh Ra­jawat and fam­ily friend Talib Hus­sain.

“As an in­terim mea­sure, it is di­rected that the Jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice to beef up the se­cu­rity and pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity per­son­nel to the fam­ily, Deepika Singh Ra­jawat and fam­ily friend Talib Hus­sain,” the bench said.

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