June 10, 2019
Deepika Singh Rajawat, who gained international acclaim for taking up the case of the Kathua rape victim, reached the special court in Pathankot early Monday morning for the verdict.
Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat remained the face of the Kathua gang-rape and murder trial even though the victim’s family sacked her in November last year, alleging she had appeared for just two out of hundreds of hearings in the special court in Pathankot.
Rajawat, who gained international acclaim and awards for taking up the case of the eight-year-old victim, was among the lawyers who reached the special court in Pathankot early morning for the verdict. One reason for the laurels she was showered with was the constant stream of abusive messages and threats, of rape and murder, she had faced while arguing the case.
In a special conversation with News18, Rajawat had talked about the threats she faced while she was representing the family.
Every time she stepped into her house, Rajawat told News18, she double-checked the main gate as she feared for the safety of her own daughter, her husband and herself.
This heightened 24×7 alertness had become a part of her life ever since she took up the gang-rape and murder case, she said. State police had provided her with security after she expressed threat to her life.
“I feel threatened that my family or I might be harmed physically. Also, I feel attempts will be made to damage my dignity,” she had told News18 in October last year while she was still the prosecution lawyer. She feared that one day a narcotic substance could be planted at her house to malign her reputation.