Kathua rape case
Location: Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir
Coordinates: 32.385°N 75.517°E
Date:10 January 2018
17 January 2018
Target: Asifa Bano
Attack type: Abduction, Rape, and Murder
Non-fatal injuries: Sexual assault (rape)
Victims: Asifa Bano
Motive: Drive out the nomadic Muslim community of Bakarwals from Hiranagar Tehsil
Accused: Sanji Ram (priest of the private temple('devasthan') where the incident took place)
Deepak Khajuria (police officer)
Tilak Raj (Head constable)
Arvind Dutta (sub Inspector)
Parvesh Kumar (Police Officer)
Vishal (Sanji Ram's son)
A Juvenile (nephew of Sanji Ram)
The 5600-word chargesheet filed by a Senior Superintendent of Police of Jammu, states that on 12 January 2018, Mohammad Yusuf lodged a complaint in Hiranagar police station stating that his daughter had gone missing. His complaint said that his daughter, aged 8, had gone to watch over grazing horses 30 minutes past noon on 10 January 2018. She was seen at 2PM, but when the horses returned at 4PM, she was no longer with them. After searching for her and being unable to find her, her father registered a First Information Report (FIR) with the police.
On 17 January 2018, the dead body of the victim was found and taken into custody by the police to allow an autopsy to be conducted. The postmortem was conducted by a team of doctors at the District Hospital in Kathua at 2:30 PM on the same day. On 22 January 2018, the investigation of the case was transferred to Crime Branch and Crime Headquarters Jammu and Kashmir. A statement released by the police listed seven individuals who had been arrested and charged over the crime, including four police officers.A total of eight people, including four police officers, have been arrested so far. Two of the police officers were arrested on suspicion of attempting to destroy evidence,and also stand accused of accepting money to cover up the incident. One of the accused claimed to be 15 years old, though a medical examination later suggested he was 19. Sanji Ram, one of the accused, was described by the police as having devised the plan of kidnap and murder.The chargesheet against the seven adults accused of the crime was filed on 9 April. The accused were charged under Sections 302, 376, 201 and 120-B of the Ranbir Penal Code. Disclosing identity of the victims
The Delhi High Court issued a fine of ₹10 lakhs (1 million) rupees on twelve media houses in India for disclosing the name of the rape victim as well as other details including the usage of photographs of the victim. This action by the High Court of New Delhi was taken suo-motu and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 and the Indian Penal Code. The fine was to be paid within a week. The money collected from the fine has gone to the Jammu and Kashmir Victim Compensation Scheme.
The media houses included The Hindu, The Times of India, Republic TV, The Indian Express, The Week and NDTV. Lawyers representing media houses claim that the mistake was only made because there was a misunderstanding that the law in this case only extended to naming and revealing information related to rape survivors, and not rape victims. Following this, media houses across the country blanked out the name of the victim online in already published articles also.individual was under preparation.
The rape and murder made headlines in India when the charges were filed in April.The rape and murder drew
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti stated that the investigation would be carried out
On 13 April 2018, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, as well as the Supreme Court of India, made statements condemning the incident and said justice would be ensured.
On 12 April 2018, a candlelight march was held at India Gate, New Delhi. It was attended by Indian National Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Priyanka Gandhi.