the kathua rape and murder case trial, which began in jammu and kashmir on monday, will see its next hearing on april 28. the eight people accused of raping and killing an eight-year-old girl on monday pleaded not guilty and offered to undergo narco tests. as the trial in the case began, the district and sessions judge asked the state crime branch to give copies of the chargesheet to all the accused and fixed april 28 as the next date of hearing. of the eight people accused of the crime, one is a juvenile who is also under arrest. he has moved a bail application before a judicial magistrate which is yet to be heard. the case relates to eight people allegedly holding an eight-year-old girl captive in a small village temple in the state's kathua district for a week in january this year, sexually assaulting her, and then murdering her. the kathua rape case trials began a day after protests were staged in various parts of the country by citizens outraged by the heinous crime. after the jammu bar association and the kathua bar received a rap on the kuckles by the supreme court on april 13, as the apex court took a strong note of certain lawyers obstructing the judicial process in the case, the kathua trial is expected to be conducted smoothly. however, the supreme court's actions in the matter and the indian civil society's demand for justice in the kathua case have not eased the challenges faced by the lawyer of the victim's family. the kathua rape victi...