Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has condemned the protest march by "Hindu Ekta Manch", in Kathua, in support of an accused in murder and rape of an eight-year old girl.
"The Bar Association maintains that anyone, who is accused of kidnapping a minor and thereafter raping and murdering the child, should be treated as a terrorist and awarded a death penalty, as has been done by an anti-terror court in Pakistan, which completed the trial of a rape and murder case within four days and sentenced a serial killer to death, who had raped and murdered a seven-year- old girl," president HCBA said in a statement.
"The Bar Association further maintains that instead of taking out a procession in support of a criminal, the people, who were part of the
protest march, led by Hindu Ekta Manch, should have demanded that the investigation of the case be completed within a shortest possible time and the challan against the accused be filed before a fast track court and the proceedings of the case should be conducted on day to day basis. However, instead of doing so, the Hindu Ekta Manch, has taken out a rally in support of the accused, in which a BJP as well as a Congress leader participated shamelessly," the statement said.
"The Bar Association while terming the act of rape and murder of a teenager at the hands of a police person, as inhuman, barbaric demands that the investigation of the case should be brought to its logical end forthwith and the accused be tried in a fast track court and awarded the death sentence, so that no one escapes the clutches of law, by inciting the people on communal and political belief," the statement added.