A juvenile rapist in Kathua case is 20 plus

Wednesday – July 4, 2018
SRINAGAR (India): A medical report of one of the rapists and killers involved in Kathua minor girl case, who was earlier claimed to be a juvenile, on Tuesday proved the assertions all wrong and exposed that the so called juvenile culprit is in reality more than 20 years old.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), the report was submitted before the district and sessions court, Pathankot, by the Jammu and Kashmir police’s crime branch, special public prosecutor JK Chopra told media.

The court hearing resumed after the summer break on Monday. District and sessions judge Tajwinder Singh had issued directions to the crime branch to conduct a bone ossification test to ascertain the age of Parvesh Kumar alias ‘Mannu’, one of the 8 culprits involved in the brutal rape-and-murder of the 8-years-old nomadic Muslim girl in Kathua district of Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) in January.

Asked what was the opinion of the doctors about the said culprit’s age, Chopra said, “According to the medical report, his age is stated to be 20 plus.”

The court had ordered the test after the defence counsel moved an application in the first week of June, requesting to treat him as a minor citing his matriculation certificate.

The crime branch had constituted a team of doctors, comprising medicos from various streams including the radiology department, and the culprit was examined on June 22 and 23.

The court had directed senior superintendent of police (SSP) R. K. Jalla to supervise the medical examination and submit the report when the court reopens after a 16-days summer break.

While 7 of the culprits including Kumar are facing trial in the court in Pathankot on the directions of the Indian supreme court (SC), the 8th culprit in the case is facing trial in a juvenile court in Kathua district.