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Police arrest 18 for repeated rape of 12-year-old girl

NEW DELHI: Eighteen men appeared in court in Chennai city of India on Tuesday on charges of repeatedly raping a 12-year girl over a seven-month period. The men included security guards, lift operators and plumbers working at the apartment block where the girl lived, police said. On average, over a hundred cases of women being raped were reported every day in India in 2016, according to the most recent figures made available by the national crime records bureau. Around six of those were girls below the age of 12. The men…

India’s SC moves trial in Kathua rape and murder case to Pathankot

NEW DELHI:  The Indian Supreme Court on Monday ordered the trial of eight men accused of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl to be moved to another state after her family and lawyer said they faced death threats. The girl, from a nomadic Muslim community that roams the forests of Kashmir, was drugged, held captive in a temple and sexually assaulted for a week before being strangled and battered to death with a stone in January. Her case caused a wave of revulsion around the country but also exposed communal…

Two teenagers gang-raped in India, one commits suicide

NEW DELHI: Two teenagers have been gang-raped in separate incidents in India in the past four days, highlighting a rape epidemic that shows no sign of abating despite tougher penalties introduced last month. Police said they had not made any arrests in either case. One victim was a 16-year-old girl who committed suicide after being raped by eight men on Sunday in the Nuh district of Haryana, senior police official Nazneen Bhasin told Reuters. On Tuesday, a 19-year-old woman was raped by five men, including the…

Kashmir’s Bakarwals see rape as new sign of hostility in India

The Muslim nomads who lead their goats, cows and horses up and down the Kashmir hills have never felt at ease in modern India and the gruesome rape and murder of a girl from the impoverished community has heightened their fears. Many of the Bakarwals speeded up their annual migration out of the Hindu-majority Jammu region because of the national storm of controversy created by the killing of the eight-year-old girl. Police say a group in the Hindu dominated village of Rasana tortured and killed the girl in a bid to…

Police arrests kidnapper, rescues minor girls in Muzaffargarh

MUZAFFARGARH: Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested a man for kidnapping minor girls in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province, ARY News reported. Addressing a press conference, DPO Muzaffargarh Awais Malik said that the law enforcement agency received several complaints of minor girls' abductions from Rohilanwali town of district upon which they acted and arrested a man named Sajjad Ali with the help of CCTV footage. At least four minor girls aged between 7 to 9 were rescued from the suspect's hideout.…

Kathua rape case: Sunil Shetty suggests punishment for culprits

Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty, who has been admired for his acting on big screen as well as philanthropic activities in his real life, has suggested a punishment for culprits in the horrific Kathua rape case.  When, at an event, the Gopi Kishan protagonist was asked about inhuman rape and murder incident of minor Asifa Bano in a Hindu temple in occupied Kashmir, he was all furious on recalling the news. He said had he been there, he would have murdered the culprit who committed such horrific felony. "Honestly,…

#JusticeForAsifa: Outrage mounts over gang rape, murder of 8-year-old in held Kashmir

NEW DELHI: India's women's minister on Friday called for the death penalty for child rapists as nationwide outrage mounted over the brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Occupied Kashmir. Demonstrations were held in New Delhi and other cities as horrific details emerged of the murder of the Muslim girl, who was repeatedly raped while being held for five days in the city of Kathua in Jammu, including at a Hindu temple. "I have been deeply, deeply disturbed by the rape case in Kathua and all the recent…