A report about the age of an accused in the Kathua rape and murder case has been handed over to the police by a group of doctors who conducted an ossification test on directions of a special court.
"We have conducted the ossification test and the report has been handed to the concerned police officers," Head, Department of Forensics, GMC, Dr Sandhya told Greater Kashmir, declining to reveal the result of the test.
Ossification test is performed to establish the age of a person in question when it's under doubt.
The age determination test was conducted by a board of doctors at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), Jammu on directions from Pathankot district and sessions court that is hearing the case of gruesome rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl in-camera on fast track basis.
One of the eight accused in the horrific crime, Parvesh Kumar alias Manu and his lawyer has claimed he was a month younger at the time of the crime in January this year and demanded he be declared a juvenile.
The special court had asked for an age determination test to scientifically establish Kumar's age, following which a team of four doctors was constituted to conduct an ossification test, according to Principal, Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H), Jammu, Dr Sunanda Raina.
Meanwhile, one of the defence lawyers, Ankur Sharma has produced matriculation certificate of the accused in support of the claim that Kumar was a juvenile.
"As per the document produced in the court, the accused Parvesh Kumar is juvenile," Sharma said, adding the accused was a month away from being an adult at the time of the horrific crime. Informed sources said the age report has been handed to Crime Branch of the police and would be produced in the Pathankot court on July 2 when it will reopen after vacations.