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Kathua rape: Court orders bone ossification test to determine age of accused

Press Trust of India  |  Pathankot (Punjab) 

A court here, hearing the gang rape-and-murder case, today issued directions for bone ossification test of one of the accused to determine his age after the moved an application last week for treating him as a minor citing his matriculation certificate, lawyers said.

District and issued the directions after hearing the arguments and counter-arguments over the issue of the age of alias Mannu, one of the eight accused in the brutal rape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in district of in January, the lawyers said.

The in Jammu would constitute a board to conduct bone ossification test of the accused to determine his age at the request of of Police, Crime Branch, R K Jalla, J K Chopra said.

The court directed Jalla to supervise the medical examination and submit the report on July 2, a day after the court reopens after a 16-day summer break.

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

His fate was yet to be decided after the crime branch of the Police contested his claim that he was a minor.

Kumar's lawyers moved an application in the court last week pleading before it that he be treated as a juvenile and produced his matriculation certificate which showed his date of birth as February 22, 2000 in support of the demand.

However, the prosecution objected to it and moved a supplementary application to seek a medical opinion after arguing that the accused was a major for all purposes and requested the court to take into consideration judgments in serious offences of this nature, the told

He said there was only a difference of one month and a few days in his becoming a major and the date of the occurrence of the crime January 10.

Kumar's argued that matriculation certificate was sufficient to prove the age of the accused. He said they had already submitted the matriculation certificate, state subject certificate and the verification report from the school authorities concerned.

The trial in the case began on May 31 with the seven accused being produced before the district and after the transferred the case from to Pathankot in for a fair trial following a plea by the victim's family.

While transferring the case from Kathua to Pathankot, about 30 km away, the apex court directed day-to-day in-camera trial in the case.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 20:05 IST
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