‘Lawyers for Democracy and Rule of Law’ has written to the Bar Council of India (BCI) hard disciplinary motion in opposition to attorneys of the State of Jammu and Kashmir who had allegedly referred to as for a strike in defence of the accused within the subject of rape and homicide of an eight-year-old woman in Kathua.
In a letter addressed to BCI Chairman Mr. Manan Kumar Mishra, the Lawyers’ frame asserts that whilst the Bar Council of Jammu and Kashmir must straight away have sprung into motion, it has now not accomplished the rest as far as it seemed to be hand-in-glove with the accused attorneys. It then asserts,
“It is the duty of the Bar Council of India to ensure that the lawyers conduct themselves within the bounds of law and professional ethics. The whole country is disturbed and dismayed over the way the Bar Associations and its lawyer members at Jammu have behaved in a lawless manner. The conduct of the lawyers at Jammu has shamed the entire legal fraternity in India. Now only the Bar Council of India can take remedial measures so that prestige and dignity of the legal profession, so badly shattered, maybe salvaged.”
The letter issues out that the attorneys had now not simply referred to as for a strike however had additionally averted participants of the state police from submitting a chargesheet within the subject in entrance of the Chief Judicial Magistrate.
It additional highlights the truth that the Jammu High Court Bar Association had referred to as for a Jammu Bandh, in addition to items to using the nationwide flag by way of the attorneys in conferences. The letter states, “Mr. B.S. Slathia, the President of the Jammu Bar Association even issued a warning to the government, as per reports, that “today the Jammu youth was agitating with the national flag, but tomorrow they would have A.K. 47 rifles in their hands if their demands were not met.”
Besides, the frame additionally famous that the Bar Associations have demanded ouster of Rohingyas from the area, threatening that they might take issues in their very own arms if ok steps aren’t taken by way of the government.
It then submits that the attorneys of the Jammu Bar Associations have thus indulged in “serious acts of misconduct”, alleging that the Bar Associations resorted to “extrajudicial methods” in defence of the accused, and saying that their movements are “nothing short of subversion of the rule of law”.
Thereafter, highlighting that Ms. Deepika Singh Rajawat, the Counsel showing sooner than the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on behalf of the sufferer’s circle of relatives has additionally been threatened by way of her fellow attorneys, it calls for initiation of appropriate disciplinary motion in opposition to such attorneys.
Evidence of gang-rape and homicide discovered
In January this 12 months, an eight-year-old woman belonging to Bakarwal-Gujjar neighborhood was once kidnapped, raped and murdered in Rassana village in Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua district. Her frame was once recovered from Rassana wooded area in Kathua on 17 January, every week after she went lacking whilst grazing horses within the wooded area space.
The to be had proof means that she was once brutally gang-raped sooner than being murdered. According to a record in The Print, a autopsy record indicated harm to the lady’s uterus and demise because of asphyxiation.
According to any other record, Sanji Ram, a retired reputable of the income division is thought to have masterminded the heinous crime as part of a broader conspiracy to create concern a few of the nomad ‘Bakarwal’ (goatherd) neighborhood within the village, in order that they might be driven out. Sanji Ram is, actually, the custodian of the temple the place the lady was once allegedly held in captivity.
The Police has, to this point, arrested 9 accused, together with Ram and his son, a police head constable, two particular law enforcement officials (SPOs) and a sub-inspector of police.
To make issues worse, attorneys from the Kathua Bar Association had ultimate week averted participants of the state police from submitting a chargesheet within the subject in entrance of the Chief Judicial Magistrate. The attorneys allegedly “took pride” in mobilizing to stop the police group from presenting the accused sooner than the Justice of the Peace, even bodily blockading their method. On the similar day, the President of the Kathua Bar Association handed a answer to stay paintings underneath suspension till April 12, whilst additionally calling for and supporting a whole Kathua and J&K bandh on April 11.