A panel of three doctors of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, has told a local court that accused Santosh in the infamous gangrape and murder of a Nepalese girl in Rohtak is aged between 14 and 16.
The panel was formed by the court to assess the age of Santosh, one of the eight accused in the case, after the police failed to produce any document relating to his age.
During the hearing on Thursday, the panel of doctors submitted in the court that Santosh was a minor. However, the court of judicial magistrate (first class) Gourang Sharma gave the police time till July 2 to submit any document about his age which they could procure from the native place of the accused in Nepal.
All the accused namely Rajesh, Sunil alias Shilla, Sarwar, Manbir, Sunil alias Maddha, Pawan and Pramod (all residents of Khedi Gaddi village in Rohtak district)) and Santosh (a native of Nepal who lives in the same village) were produced in the court on Thursday. The court fixed June 18 as the next date of hearing.
Talking to Hindustan Times, advocate Deepak Bhardwaj, who has been appointed counsel for the accused by the district legal services authority, said, "The doctors have submitted in the court that the age of the accused Santosh is between 14 and 16 years, whereas the court has given more time to the police to produce any document about his age".
A 28-year-old Nepalese girl was allegedly gangraped and brutally murdered by the accused in February this year. Her body was found on February 4 from the fields on the outskirts of the Rohtak city. As per the autopsy report, the cause of her death was "cranio-cerebral damage with utero-vaginal rupture and rupture of large gut rectum and anus which are ante-mortem in nature, homicidal in manner."
The victim was staying in Rohtak with her elder sister and undergoing treatment for depression at the PGIMS. She had gone missing on February 1.