The family of the eight-year-old victim of the horrific Kathua rape and murder made a wholly deplorable revelation while speaking to Republic TV.
The victim's father, recounting how her family and community members had scoured the jungles in search for his daughter, said that far from justice, someone offered seven lakh rupees to the victim's uncle to not pursue the matter. The persons who were trying to buy the man's silence thought she was his daughter.
The victim's father was then offered money but said he doesn't want it, and that he wanted justice and for the culprits to be killed. It was after that, that the communally toned protests in support of the culprits began and the family began receiving threats.
In a heartbreaking account, he spoke about how they had not thought to look in the temple where the atrocity was committed and had wondered if the eight-year-old had been carried off by a wild animal when she had been grazing horses.
The victim's mother also said that no police or minister came to meet them after the victim's mortal remains were found.
The chargesheet which was filed in the case by the Jammu and Kashmir police crime branch on Monday sent a wave of outrage through the country. Nine persons have been arrested in the case, including four police personnel.
The Prime Minister said on Friday that the government of India will go to any lengths to fulfill its responsibility and ensure that justice is given to the Kathua and Unnao rape cases.