The executive committee of the Rohtak bar association has said none of its lawyers would defend the persons accused of the brutal gangrape and murder of a 28-year-old Nepalese woman.
The bar sent a communiqué to all its members on Tuesday asking them to cooperate. Sources have told HT that the lawyers would also press the court to award the accused the death penalty.
The woman, said to be mentally challenged, was reported missing on February 1. Three days later, she was found in a field with doctors saying her body was in a "horrifying condition".
Meanwhile, the police produced the eight people, all residents of Gaddhi Kheri who were held in connection with the incident, before the court of first-class judicial magistrate.
The faces of all the eight were covered, but sources said one of them is believed to be of Nepalese origin.
Hearing a police plea seeking ten days remand, the court sent the accused to police remand for eight days.
A delegation from the Nepalese embassy also visited the family of the deceased and expressed their condolences.
The delegation assured the family members of all help and support. Counsellor Yadu Lal Kharail, who led the delegation, also met the local police authorities and sought the status report.