Asifa Bano: India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old lady

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Courtesy household of Asifa Bano

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Asifa Bano was eight years outdated

The brutal gang rape and homicide of an eight-year outdated lady has sparked outrage and anger throughout India.

The physique of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was present in a forest on 17 January close to Kathua metropolis of Indian-administered Kashmir.

The story made headlines this week when Hindu right-wing teams protested over the arrest of eight Hindu males.

The case has grow to be a spiritual flashpoint in an already polarised Indian area.

The lads the police have arrested embrace a retired authorities official, 4 cops and a minor – all of them belong to an area Hindu neighborhood that has been concerned in a land dispute with the Muslim nomads.

Outrage grew after two ministers from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) attended a rally in assist of the accused males.

Anger not solely over the grisly homicide but in addition the assist for the accused shortly gathered momentum on Twitter with the hashtags #Kathua and #justiceforAsifa trending since Thursday.

Some individuals on Twitter have additionally in contrast Asifa’s demise with the brutal gang rape and homicide of a 22-year-old girl in Delhi, which led to large protests and modifications in India’s rape legal guidelines.

The crime passed off in one among India’s most restive areas. Since 1989, there was an armed revolt within the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley in opposition to Indian rule – they valley is adjoining to Hindu-majority Jammu.

Asifa’s household belongs to a neighborhood of Muslim nomadic shepherds who crisscross the Himalayas with their livestock. Within the winter, they usually journey from the valley to Jammu, the place they use public forest land for grazing – this has lately introduced them into battle with some Hindu residents within the area.

Investigators consider that the accused males wished to power the nomads out of Jammu. After they had been arrested, attorneys in Jammu metropolis tried to cease police coming into the court docket to file a cost sheet.

The attorneys had been believed to be supporting a Hindu right-wing group that has alleged that the accused males are harmless, and have demanded that the case be transferred to India’s federal police.

Protests to proceed

Rahul Gandhi, the chief of the principle opposition Congress celebration, led a candlelight march in Delhi on Thursday evening.

Extra protests have been deliberate to convey consideration to brutal crimes in opposition to ladies in India.

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Extra protests have been deliberate throughout India to demand justice for Asifa

The chief of Delhi Fee for Girls, Swati Maliwal, has mentioned she will probably be beginning an indefinite quick from Friday to demand higher safety for girls and kids within the nation.

A number of different activists and ladies have additionally deliberate protests in Delhi and different elements of the nation over the weekend.

Some individuals have additionally used the hashtag #Unnao to spotlight one other rape case during which a lawmaker is accused of raping a 16-year-old within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Kuldeep Singh Sengar, 50, from the ruling BJP allegedly raped the lady final 12 months in Unnao district. However her case was registered solely after she tried to kill herself final week in entrance of the chief minister’s residence.

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