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The father of Kathua gangrape-and-murder victim has approached the Supreme Court to seek transfer of the trial outside Jammu and Kashmir.

According to ANI news agency, the father of the eight-year-old victim approached the apex court to seek safety, security and transfer of the case outside the state.

It said that court is likely to hear the plea at 2 pm today.

Meanwhile, trials of the accused in the horrific case began at Kathua court today.

The gangrape and murder of the eight-year-old girl, who belonged to nomadic Muslim community, took place in the Kathua district in January. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.

Eight accused have been arrested in the case.