Six men have been convicted of involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state last year, according to The Guardian, in a case that sparked outrage and protests across the country.
The child, from a nomadic Muslim community, was drugged, held captive at a temple, and sexually assaulted for a week before being strangled and battered to death with a stone in January 2018. The crime was part of a plan to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, The Guardian reported, citing court documents.
“This is a victory of truth,” prosecution lawyer M Farooqi said outside the court. “The girl and her family have got justice today. We are satisfied with the judgment.”
The convicted men included a Hindu priest and police officers, raising tensions between Hindus and Muslims in the area. Some members of the country’s ruling party had supported one of the officers, drawing fierce criticism.
Women and children have long suffered from violence in India, with reported rapes climbing 60 percent to 40,000 from 2012 to 2016, and many going unreported, The Guardian reported, citing government statistics.
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