Kathua Rape Case: Six Including Village Head Sanji Ram, Three Police Officers Convicted; Vishal AcquittedChildren took to the streets in Kolkata to protest against the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. (Samir Jana/Hindustan Times via GettyImages) 

In the gruesome rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua village of Jammu and Kashmir, Village head Sanji Ram, two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma and Head constable Tilak Raj are convicted by Pathankot court, reports ANI.

Anand Dutta, Parvesh Kumar are two others convicted, informed Advocate Mubeen Farooqui, representing victim's family. The son of Sanji Ram, Vishal, has been acquitted by the court.

With the verdict expected today, the security had been beefed up in the district and around the court. The rape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on 10 January 2018 had rocked the nation, giving rise to massive uproar and demand for justice. In view of the sensitivity attached to the case, a three-tier security force has been deployed in the city, especially around the court.

The chargesheet filed by the J&K police said that the child had been abducted and kept hidden in a temple in a village near Kathua where after four days of repeated drugging and raping, the girl was murdered, and the accused had dumped the body in a nearby forest.

Also read: Kathua Ground Report: Why Villagers Are Not Convinced On Fairness Of Probe

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