Trial in Kathua rape case begins, accused plead not guilty

The trial in the case of the rape and murder of eight-year-old girl, from Kathua began at the Jammu and Kashmir court on Monday.

The seven accused men appeared in court. All of them said they were innocent. They have also demanded that the investigation of the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The accused men include a minor and a police officer. All the accused are asking that they be put through a lie detector test to show their innocence.

The girl's father has appealed to the Supreme Court that the hearing of the case should be moved to Chandigarh.

The next hearing of the case will be taken up on 28 April.

The little girl belonged to a nomad community. Police say that she was kidnapped, drugged, and held captive in a temple where she was raped and tortured.

The little girl was later killed and her body was thrown in the forest. The aim was to drive fear into her community and force them out.