New Delhi: The verdict in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir has been delivered by a special court on Monday.
Over 1,000 policemen and security personnel have been deployed in and around the Pathankot court, where the trial was shifted given the highly sensitive nature of the case.
The in-camera trial in the case that shook the nation ended on June 3, when district and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh had announced that the verdict was likely to be delivered on June 10.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the Pathankot court judgement on Kathua rape and murder case of an 8-year-old girl.
Taking to micro-blogging site twitter President of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba said "Welcome the judgement. High time we stop playing politics over a heinous crime where an 8-year-old child was drugged, raped repeatedly & then bludgeoned to death. Hope loopholes in our judicial system are not exploited & culprits get exemplary punishment."
Mehbooba was heading coalition government with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when the incident took place.
Two BJP minister had to resign after they participated in a rally in favour of the accused in the rape and murder case.
Despite massive pressure from some of the BJP leaders and accused, Mehbooba refused to hand over the case to CBI. Later, on the direction of Supreme Court the case was shifted to Pathankot from Kathua after family of the victims alleged that they were receiving threats.