New Delhi, 16th November 2022: Today (November 16), the Supreme Court decided that Shubham Sangra, one of the accused in a case involving the rape and murder of a minor girl in the Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, would be tried as an adult rather than a juvenile. The court ruled that when determining the accused’s age range, medical advice should be taken into account.
According to Bar & Bench, Justice Pardiwala stated that whether or not medical evidence can be trusted depends on the value of the evidence.
The High Court and Chief Judicial Magistrate court’s decision to have the accused tried as a juvenile was challenged by the Jammu and Kashmir government in a previous petition to the Supreme Court.
An eight-year-old girl from a nomadic group was kidnapped, raped, and killed by six people in January 2018.