“I can be raped. I fear for my life”: Lawyer of Kathua gang-rape victim

Advocate Rajawat revealed that she is being called “Anti-Hindu” for taking up the case of Kathua gang-rape victim.


Ahead of the first trial in the Kathua gang-rape and murder case, the lawyer of the victim’s family has expressed fear for her life. Deepika Singh Rajawat, the lawyer who is fighting the case of the eight-year-old girl from Bakerwal community who was brutally raped and murdered has said that she has been getting threats of social boycott.

Talking to a news agency, she revealed that she is being called “Anti-Hindu” for taking up the case of the victim who is from Bakerwal community. Rajawat said that in light of the threats she is getting for taking up the case, she will demand police security from Supreme Court.

“Today, I can be raped, my modesty can be outraged or I can be killed,” Rajawat expressed her fear. “They have secluded me; maybe they will not allow me to practice in the court. I don’t know how will I survive,” said the advocate.

Advocate Rajawat however, said that she will fight for the rape victim and her family despite the threats. She said, “I will stand for justice and we would seek justice for the eight-year-old girl.”

The eight-year-old girl from Kathua was kidnapped on January 10. Six days later her body was found near the jungle in rasana village of Kathua. The crime branch investigation found that the girl was sedated, gang-raped and then murdered by the accused. The accused in the case include two minors, an ex-bureaucrat and local police officers.

So far, two FIRs have been registered in the case. One against the accused and the other against the lawyers of Jammu-Kashmir bar association who stalled the police from filing the charge sheet in the court.

The BJP ministers who defended the accused submitted their resignation two days ago following the nation-wide uproar.

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