Supreme Court moves trial in Kathua gang rape & murder to Punjab

The Supreme Court of India has ordered that the trial into the Kathua gang rape and murder case should henceforth be held in a court in Pathankot, Punjab.

The top court has set the date for the next hearing on 9 July. The trial will be held on a day-to-day basis and in private.

The Supreme Court order was given in response to a plea filed by the father of eight-year-old Asifa, who was gang raped and murdered in Kathua in Jammu in January this year.

The girl’s father had pleaded that the case should be moved out of Jammu and Kashmir so the trial would be fair.

The accused in the case had filed a plea seeking that the case be transferred from the police to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The Supreme Court has rejected their plea. It has also directed authorities to provide security to Asifa's family, their lawyer, and witnesses.

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