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Kathua rape and murder case; 3 get lifer, 5-year terms for 3 others

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Pathankote: A court in Pathankot, on Monday sentenced three men to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Rasana Kathua last year.

Three other men were given five-year jail terms for destroying evidence.

The girl, from a nomadic Muslim community that roams the forests of Kashmir, was drugged, held captive in a temple and sexually assaulted for a week before being strangled and battered to death with a stone in January 2018.

The abduction, rape and killing of the child was part of a plan to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, the 15-page charge sheet said.

Among those accused were a Hindu priest and police officers, fanning communal tensions between Hindus and Muslims in the area.

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