The family of the eight-year-old Kathua rape and murder victim has decided to drop their lawyer Deepika Rajawat as she has not been available at the court hearings, the victim’s father has said.
He has said that they have moved an application in the Pathankot court in Punjab, where the case was shifted before. They added that Rajawat will not represent their case and the power of attorney was withdrawn.
Talking to media, the father on Wednesday said that the case was heard many times so far and around 100 witnesses have been examined during the trial, but the lawyer had only appeared twice during all hearings.
However, Rajawat, who rose to fame after she decided to fight the case of nomadic family, told the media that she has received death threats ever since she is in case.
The victim was raped and subsequently murdered in Rasana village of Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir in January. After that wide protests were reported against the barbaric crime.
Eight people, including Sanji Ram, the alleged mastermind of the crime, have been arrested.
The Supreme Court transferred the hearing of the case to a Pathankot court that has been holding the trial on a day-to-day basis.