"We are apprehensive that the trial will not happen peacefully, seeing the condition in Jammu... Seeing that lawyers opposed it in Kathua and did not let the chargesheet proceed," the family's lawyer said.The murder of the girl, who belonged to a nomadic Muslim community, left the country in shock after a police chargesheet exposed the horror of what six men subjected the child to.
Two BJP ministers were forced to quit Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's cabinet for defending the accused and backing a rally calling for their release.
Chandra Prakash Ganga had allegedly termed the arrest as "jungle raj". Lal Singh had said: "Why such a hullabaloo on the death of this one girl... many such girls have died here."Their exit came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sharp comments on the crime. "I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice," PM Modi said at an event.
Eight men have been arrested for the crime. The police said the rape-murder was meant as a terror tactic to drive out the Bakarwal community from a Hindu-dominated area.