Anger in India over two rapes puts government in bind
Anger in India over two rapes puts government in bind
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14 April, 2018, 13:46
The infamous Kathua Rape Case involving the inhumane rape of Asifa by multiple men inside the Devasthan prayer hall before she was strangled to death to allegedly "dislodge" a group of Bakherwal Muslim nomads from the Rasana village in Kathua has shaken the country.
Jammu and Kashmir is India's only Muslim-majority state, but the Jammu region in the south, where the rape and murder took place, is Hindu-dominated.
Taking up suo moto the brutal gang-rape-and-murder of an innocent 8-year old Kashmiri Gujjar community girl Asifa Bano, that too inside a Hindu temple, the Supreme Court of India has issued notices to Bar Council of India as well as the Jammu & Kashmir Bar Council to respond on the issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, head of the Hindu nationalist government, has yet to comment on the case, but the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, whose party is aligned with Modi's, said the murder had "shamed humanity". According to police, she had been abducted and raped by an SPO Deepak Khajuria, who was a part of the team sent out to find her when she was missing.
Underlining the political tensions over the case, some members of the ruling BJP party joined a rally organized by a hardline Hindu group earlier this week to show support for eight Hindu men accused of the crime, including a former bureaucrat and four police officers.
"Yet again we've failed as a society", Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar said in a Twitter message.
"Can't think straight as more chilling details on little Asifa's case emerges...her innocent face refuses to leave me".
Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party President, led a candlelight march late Thursday to the India Gate monument in Delhi - the site of mass protests after the 2012 attack - to highlight the "unimaginable brutality" of the latest killing.
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"Like millions of Indians, my heart hurts tonight", Gandhi wrote on Twitter after addressing an estimated crowd of 5,000 people at the event.
Police have also begun questioning a member of India's parliament, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who along with his brothers, is accused of raping a teenager nine months ago in the city of Unnao in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
"India simply can not continue to treat its women the way it does", he said. The maximum punishment now is life imprisonment.
Crime records show India registered about 40,000 rape cases in 2016, compared with 25,000 cases in 2012.
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