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Kathua rape-murder case: Haryana HC issues notice to JK Govt, convicts

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday issued notices to the Jammu and Kashmir government and six men convicted in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua on a plea by her father seeking enhanced punishment for them.

The court also issued a notice to the accused who was acquitted in the case by a lower court.

In the petition filed on July 10, the girl’s father had sought enhancement of the convicts’ sentence to capital punishment and life imprisonment, and also challenged the acquittal of one accused.

“The court Thursday issued notices to the state of Jammu and Kashmir and all the accused in the matter,” petitioner’s counsel Utsav Bains said.

The division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Harinder Singh Sidhu fixed August 7 as next date of hearing, the counsel said.

The father had prayed that the sentence of Sanji Ram, the mastermind of the crime, Deepak Khajuria, a special police officer, and Parvesh Kumar should be enhanced from life imprisonment to capital punishment.

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