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SC orders security for Kathua rape victim’s family

 New Delhi, April 16: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered adequate security for the Kathua rape victim’s family, their lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat and others and sought the Jammu and Kashmir government’s response to a plea for the transfer of the trial of the case to Chandigarh. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud directed the state to provide adequate security also to Rajawat’s family as well as Talib Hussain — a member of the Bakerwal community who is helping the victim’s family.

As an interim measure, the court directed that Jammu and Kashmir government “shall keep the security, as provided to the family members of the victim, in continuity; provide security to Ms. Deepika Singh Rajawat and her family members; and that protection shall be provided to Mr. Talib Hussain, who is assisting the victim’s family in prosecution of the grievance by remaining present in the Court or engaging counsel to assist the public prosecutor”. The court said that the security so provided would be in plainclothes. The court order came on the eight-year-old girl’s father’s plea who sought transfer of the trial in the case from Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir to Chandigarh and protection to the family in the face of threats. (IANS)

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