The gruesome case of 2018, the Kathua rape and murder case has finally reached to its conclusion on Monday after a special court in Pathankot gave its verdict and found six of the total seven accused as guilty in the case.
Persons convicted by Pathankot court are Sanji Ram, Anand Dutta, Parvesh Kumar, Deepak Khajuria, Surender Verma and Tilak Raj. The verdict is yet to come on Vishal.
The punishment for the accused is expected to be declared by today 2 pm.
With the verdict of the Kathua rape and murder case being delivered, security has been put in place near the district and sessions court in Pathankot.
The girl was kidnapped on 10 January 2018 and kept in captivity till 14 January when she was killed. Her body was found in a forest area near Kathua on January 17. The incident witnessed widespread protests across the country. The in-camera trial in the case was completed on June 3 after the defence concluded its arguments.
The charge sheet filed by Jammu and Kashmir police crime branch on April 9 last year had claimed that the girl was kept in a temple, where after four days of being drugged and repeatedly raped, her body was dumped in a nearby forest.
Eight persons, included those who helped the accused in trying to omit proof, were held and booked under Sections 302, 376, 201 and 120 B of the IPC. Charges of rape and murder were framed against seven of the eight accused in the case, with one of them pleading that he is a juvenile.