Juvenile Accused In Kathua Rape-Murder Above 20, Medical Report Shows

While seven of the accused are facing trial in the court in Pathankot, the eighth accused is facing trial in a juvenile court in Kathua district.

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Juvenile Accused In Kathua Rape-Murder Above 20, Medical Report Shows

The crime branch had constituted a team of doctors from various streams to examine the accused.


Pathankot: 

The medical report of an accused in the Kathua rape and murder case who had claimed to be a juvenile was submitted before the district and sessions court in Pathankot today by the Jammu and Kashmir police's crime branch in which his age was stated to be more than 20 years, special public prosecutor JK Chopra said.

The court hearing, which resumed after the summer break, could begin only after lunch.

District and Sessions Judge Tajwinder Singh had issued directions to the crime branch to conduct a bone ossification test to ascertain the age of Parvesh Kumar alias 'Mannu', one of the eight accused in the brutal rape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.

"The report has been submitted and final arguments on it will be concluded tomorrow after which the judge will pronounce his verdict," Mr Chopra said.

Asked what the opinion of the doctors about the accused's age was, he said, "According to the medical opinion, his age is stated to be 20 plus."

The court had ordered the test after the defence counsel moved an application in the first week of June, asking him to be treated as a minor, citing his matriculation certificate.

The crime branch had constituted a team of doctors from various streams including the radiology department, and the accused was examined on June 22 and 23.

The court had directed Senior Superintendent of Police RK Jalla to supervise the medical examination and submit the report when the court reopens after a 16-day summer break.

While seven of the accused including Kumar are facing trial in the court in Pathankot on the directions of the Supreme Court, the eighth accused in the case is facing trial in a juvenile court in Kathua district.

The defence counsel today filed a separate application before the district and sessions court claiming that Kumar had allegedly been subjected to torture on June 23 by the crime branch, a charge denied by the police officials who said it will be contested it in the court.

The petition claimed that the crime branch had been persuading Kumar to turn an approver in the case.

However, police officials maintained that there was no move for making anyone approver in the case



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