A group of five women submitted a “factual” report on the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, and demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
The five women are retired judge Meera Khadakkar, Supreme Court advocate Monika Arora, Delhi University professor Sonali Chaitalkar, social activist Monicca Agarwaal and journalist Sarjana Sharma.
The report claimed that the charge sheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir crime branch in the case had discrepancies and the investigation was “botched-up”.
Minister in PMO Jitendra Singh promised to forward it to the court in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The fact finding team has come out with certain notings… Since the case is sub judice, I think talking too much in public about it would not be in the interest of any of us or even in the interest of those who are trying to prove themselves innocent.
“I would say that there can be no pardon for the cruel crime. There should be strictest possible punishment. At the same time, it is also a responsibility of all of us to see that if someone is innocent, he or she should not be harmed.
“I am sure that the court will take cognizance of all this and the report which has been presented to us by a fact-finding team will be sent to the concerned court,” the Minister said.
The women, who call themselves a Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA), said they had met more than 25 people including the victim’s family, the family members of the accused, and some influential people from the nomadic community to which the girl belonged.