Kashmir bar association seeks death penalty for accused, calls for transferring Kathua case to High Court

Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 16 2018

Saying death sentence should be awarded to the guilty by court in Kathua minor rape and murder case, Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association President Mian Qayoom on Monday said “High Court should transfer case to itself”.

Qayoom said atmosphere is not “conducive” in Kathua for holding trial in the case.

“We are not in favor of transferring case. Our demand is that the atmosphere at Kathua is not conducive for holding fair trial of the case. So, High Court has a wing in Jammu, we have a wing in Srinagar. This case should be transferred to HC itself  They should nominate a judge for this purpose and that judge should be given exclusive task of trail of this case as quickly as possible”.

Demanding harsh punishment for the guilty in the case, Qayoom said quantum of punishment in the case should not be less than “death”.

Qayoom also said that Bar is ready to provide legal assistance to the victim’s family. “If somebody approaches us, we will see how we can help them legally. Till today nobody has approached us.  But if they come to us and say we need some kind of legal assistance, we are here; we can provide legal assistance to them,” he said.

Bar had organized a protest programme in solidarity with the Kathua minor who was brutally raped and killed.