A court in Kupwara on Friday sentenced four people to death for raping and killing a 13-year-old girl at Langate village in north Kashmir in 2007.
Terming the offence as the rarest of rare, principal sessions judge (Kupwara) Mohammad Ibrahim observed that the convicts — Sadiq Mir, alias Sadiq Choor, Azhar Mir, alias Bilal, Jehangir and Suresh — were a menace to society and to “conceal their evil deed, they have committed drastic and extreme brutal acts which has resulted in depriving the life of a minor who was helpless and innocent.”
After the judgment, the family members of the girl broke down and lauded the investigators for ensuring justice. “We have been waiting for this judgment for many years. Now, we want all the culprits should be hanged. Till then we will be restless,’’ the girl’s father said. “My daughter was only eight years old when she was brutally killed. I want this type of crime to never take place again in the country.’’
On July 20, 2007, the body of the Class VIII student was recovered from an apple orchard. The murder of the girl sparked protests across the Valley and then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had announced a cash reward for information on the culprits.
A special police team was constituted to probe the incident and after a through investigation, the four men were arrested. During the investigation, it was found that the girl who was going to home from school was abducted by the convicts, who raped her and later slit her throat in the orchard.