Supreme Court ready to take up Kathua rape incident


NEW DELHI: Even as the nation reels in horror at the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kashmir, the Supreme Court (SC) said today it will, of its own accord, examine the horrific Kathua rape incident + , provided advocates presented the facts of the case to the court in writing.

The top court wants it mentioned in writing that lawyers in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, agitated to prevent the filing of a chargesheet against the rape accused. The SC also wants it mentioned that these lawyers threatened those representing the family of the eight-year-old who was raped.

SC says it would take up Kathua rape incident case provided the advocates placed facts in writing about the agitation by lawyers to prevent filing of chargesheet in the case and threatening counsel for rape survivor.

In Delhi, a clutch of lawyers who practice in the SC, requested a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud to take suo moto cognisance of the horrific incident. The lawyers said they would put together the facts of the case in writing for the SC.

In Kashmir on Moday, a group of irate lawyers from one community prevented the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir police from filing a chargesheet against the seven men accused of the rape and murder of eight-year-old girl Asifa in Kathua district.