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Eight on trial for rape, murder of girl in held Kashmir amid public anger

SRINAGAR: Eight men accused of involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in India-occupied Kashmir state appeared in court on Monday for the first hearing in a case that sparked nationwide outrage and criticism of the ruling party. The girl, from a nomadic 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, police said. Public anger at the crime led to…