2018 witnessed the brutal rape of an eight-year-old girl in J&K’s Kathua region. Nationwide protests to demand justice for the child broke out in massive numbers and eight people were arrested.

Kashmir Reader

Out of the eight, one was let go of due to lack of evidence and six have been found guilty.

Following is the timeline of the events that unfolded after the crime took place.

January 10, 2018

An eight-year-old girl of the Bakarwal tribe goes missing in Rasana village of the Kathua district in J&K while grazing her cattle. 

The Statesman

January 12, 2018

An FIR is lodged by the girl’s father at Hiranagar police station.


January 17, 2018

The police discovers the girl’s body and the post mortem determines gang rape and murder. Eight accused are identified and arrested. 

The accused were: (Sanji Ram (priest of the private temple where the incident took place), Deepak Khajuria (police officer),  Tilak Raj (Head constable), Arvind Dutta (sub inspector), Parvesh Kumar (police officer), Vishal (Sanji Ram’s son) and a juvenile (nephew of Sanji Ram).

NDTV (Image of the main accused.)

January 22, 2018

The case is handed over to the Jammu and Kashmir crime branch due to the villagers claiming that the local police and administration have displayed incompetency in handling the case.

News World India

February 16, 2018

Protests by a right-wing Hindu activist group, Hindu Ekta Manch, break out in favour of one of the accused. 


April 9, 2018

An 18-page charge sheet is filed before the Kathua court against seven of the eight accused.

Medical Dialogues (Representational image)

April 10, 2018

The police file a charge sheet against the eight accused after filing an FIR against lawyers for protesting and becoming an obstacle in the way of crime branch officials who were trying to file the charge sheet in court.


April 16, 2018

Trial begins in the Kathua court. All eight accused plead ‘not guilty’ before the judge.

Protestant Digital

May 7, 2018

The Supreme Court shifts the case from Kathua to Pathankot, Punjab.

Money Control

June 10, 2019

Six out of the eight are found guilty of rape and murder.

India Today

The sentences for the accused will be announced soon today.