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Was expecting capital punishment for Kathua rape convicts: NCW chairperson

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The Commission for Women on Monday said the court decision convicting six accused in the and murder of an eight-year-old girl in and Kashmir's in January 2018 was not enough and expected harsher punishment for them.

"Was expecting capital punishment for and murder criminals. and Kashmir government must go for appeal in higher court," NCW tweeted.

Three convicts in the and murder case, Sanji Ram, and were sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday.

"The trio has been convicted under 302 (murder) and under 376 D (gang rape) of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). Under the murder charge, they have been imprisoned to life, with a fine of 1 lakh, while they will have to serve 25 years in jail, each, with a fine of Rs 50,000 for the charge of gang rape," Mubeen Farooqui, victim's told reporters outside the court.

Police officials Tilak Raj, and have been sentenced to five years in jail for causing destruction of evidence. They have also been directed to pay rupees twenty thousand each.

Earlier today, the court had convicted six out of seven accused who were involved in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in and Kashmir's Kathua in January 2018.

Sanji Ram, his friend Parvesh Kumar, two Special Police Officers and Surender Verma, Tilak Raj, were found guilty, while Vishal, the son of Sanjhi Ram, got acquitted.

The incident took place last year when an eight-year-old girl was abducted, gang-raped and killed after being tortured for days. The case caused public outrage with activists and people hitting the streets demanding justice to the victim.

The Crime Branch arrested eight accused. The trial of seven began in April last year and concluded on June 3. However, the trial of the eighth accused, a juvenile is yet to begin as the petition on his age is pending for a hearing in the High Court.

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 18:22 IST