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WorldKathua child rape and murder: Indian court finds six guilty in case that outraged nation

14:45  10 june  2019
14:45  10 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The Kathua rape case refers to the abduction, rape , and murder of an 8-year-old girl, Asifa Bano, in Rasana village near Kathua in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in January 2018.

India News: The ghastly rape - and - murder of the eight-year-old girl from the Bakarwal Muslim community at a temple in Kathua has shook the The trial in the Kathua rape - and - murder case began on Monday before Principal Sessions Court judge. The court also asked the Crime Branch of

Kathua child rape and murder: Indian court finds six guilty in case that outraged nation© Hindustan Times/Hindustan Times/Hindustan Times via Getty Images People take part in protests in Delhi, following the Kathua rape case, April 15, 2018.

An Indian court has convicted six men for the kidnap, rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state last year, in a high-profile case that sparked widespread protests across the country.

"Six of the men have been convicted and they will be sentenced soon. One has been acquitted," said Mubeen Farooqui, the lawyer representing the victim's family to reporters outside the court Monday. Another accused, who has been charged as a juvenile is undergoing a separate trial. Sentencing is expected later Monday.

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Outrage across country in protest at gang- rapes of two girls and death of father in police custody. At the same time, details of the alleged rape and murder of Asifa Bano, eight, in Kathua , in Jammu and Kashmir state, became national news Details of the crime – the child was allegedly confined in a Hindu temple in January, repeatedly Muslim rape - murder case in India disrupted by Hindu groups.

The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Indian -administered Kashmir has put On the morning of 17 January, Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala was sitting outside his home in Kathua He stopped in front of Mr Pujwala and broke the news: they had found his eight-year-old daughter, Asifa

The victim, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic group known as the Bakarwals and whose identity is protected by Indian law, was abducted while she was alone in a field grazing horses in the town of Kathua in Jammu.

The convicted men, all of whom are Hindu, locked the victim inside a Hindu temple for five days where she was drugged and repeatedly raped, before being strangled and bludgeoned to death with a rock. Her body was later discovered in a nearby forest.

The initial arrests of the men, who prosecutors said plotted the girl's abduction as a means of scaring the predominately-Muslim nomads into vacating the region, proved to be a lightning rod in a part of India simmering with religious tensions.

Immediately after the men were officially charged, a right wing nationalist group along with locals affiliated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) launched protests alleging bias by the investigators and demanded a separate inquiry into the whole case.

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In a court in Indian Kashmir town of Kathua , where the premeditated crime was allegedly committed in January The body of Asifa Bano was found in Kathua on January 17 this year. A four-month police investigation found she was kidnapped, starved, drugged, and raped repeatedly inside a Hindu temple.

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Two BJP ministers from the, now collapsed, Jammu and Kashmir government who had participated in the protests in support of the convicted men were forced to resign, amid accusations of political interference and religious discrimination.

Concerns over the impartiality of the state's judicial system led to a Supreme Court ruling in May of last year ordering the trial of the accused to be moved to the neighboring state of Punjab. The Jammu and Kashmir government had been opposed to the transfer of the trial.

Nationwide outage

The Kathua incident was one of a string of brutal rapes that prompted thousands of people to take to the streets across India in April 2018, in some of the largest mass demonstrations held in the country since the rape and murder of a female college student in Delhi in 2012.

The public reaction helped spur the Indian government to introduce a new law allowing for the introduction of the death penalty to those convicted of raping a child under 12.

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The men charged with the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in India are The public outrage against Modi and the alleged involvement of his BJP party in both cases could Despite the fast-track courts , the sheer volume of backlogged cases in India ’s court system (133

The Kathua rape and murder case sparked nationwide outrage . Vishal Sharma is the son of Sanji Ram, alleged to be the main conspirator in the case that has outraged the nation . The CD, which has gone viral on social media, was passed off by the lawyer as a statement that the witness had given in

According to India's National Law University report, nine people have been been sentenced to death under the new sexual violence law.

India has been grappling with the issue of sexual violence for decades. Yet despite the introduction of stricter laws in recent years, around 100 sexual assaults are reported to police in India every day, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. There were nearly 39,000 alleged attacks in 2016, an increase of 12% over the previous year.

For victims, justice in India's court system is far from certain. Courts and police both face a massive backlog of cases.

According to court records, the number of sexual assault-related cases awaiting a trial date in 2016 totaled 15,450, with the courts resolving just 1,395, or less than 10% that year.

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