Popular Front of India Chairman E. Abubacker in a statement has welcomed the judgment of the Pathankot fast track court in Kathua case, the brutal incident of rape, torture and murder of a young girl after keeping her sedated for days in village temple in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir. The court found six of the 7 accused guilty and awarded life sentence to three and the other three, who are police officers who were found guilty of sabotaging the case, were sentenced to five years. It is a collective victory of the family, the lawyers, conscientious individuals and groups who came in support of the family in their battle for justice and people who voiced for justice across the country.
The crime became peculiar not only because of the brutality committed on a young girl but by the fact that it was prompted by racial hatred. There was strong resistance and even public protests against the legal proceedings from the community of the accused, which shocked the nation. The apex court had to move the case out of the state because lawyers in Kathua prevented Crime Branch officials from filing a charge sheet in the sensational case. That is why this initial victory comes as a relief to all justice loving people. At the same time we have to be alert that there can still be further attempts to sabotage the justice and more relentless battle will be required to retain it.