'Give security to Kathua victims', Supreme Court directs J-K government
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide security to the family of the eight-year-old Kathua gang rape and murder victim, their lawyer and a family friend assisting them in prosecuting the case.
The court also took note of a plea of the victim's father, seeking transfer of the trial of the case from Kathua, preferably to Chandigarh and sought response of the state government.
During the hearing, the victim's father expressed satisfaction with the probe so far, conducted by J&K Police, and opposed the plea for CBI probe demanded by others.
"Be that as it may, we do not intend to enter into this sphere (transfer of case to CBI) at this stage", a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.
It also sought response of the state government by April 27, the next date of hearing, to the specific prayer that the trial in the case is transferred out of Kathua court to Chandigarh in view of the communally surcharged atmosphere prevailing in Jammu town.