On Thursday, police in India arrested a 29-year-old man who has been the main suspect in the brutal gang rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl near the hill resort of Shimla. The young woman’s horrific death has triggered an outpouring of anger from those living in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh which was known for having some of the lowest rates of sexual violence in the country.
According to crime records, nearly 40,000 cases of rape are reported in India every year. In 2015, nearly 2,200 cases of rape were registered in the capital of New Delhi, a startling average of almost six new reports each day. Although the Indian government strengthened the laws surrounding crimes of sexual violence after the 2012 rape and murder of a female Delhi student gained national attention, violence against women is still prevalent.
Zahur S Zaidi, the inspector general of Himachal Pradesh police who is spearheading the investigation, said that more arrests are expected to be made as the suspect in custody has agreed to assist investigators in their inquiry. This is the latest in a recent spate of horrifying rape cases in India that have made global headlines.
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