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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…

Third Indian teen raped, burned alive in a week

NEW DELHI: A third teenage girl has been raped and burned alive in a week in India, the latest brutal sexual assault to shock the country. The 16-year-old died from the burns after being set alight by a 26-year-old man who acted after the young woman said she would tell her family about the rape. Two other teenagers were victims of similar attacks a week earlier in Jharkhand state. One died and one is fighting for her life in hospital. The latest teenager was alone at her home in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh…

Harry Potter star Emma Watson backs Kathua rape victim’s lawyer

LOS ANGELES: Young British actress Emma Watson on Friday tweeted in support of lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat, who has received death threats for fighting the case of a minor Muslim girl whose rape and murder in Kathua, occupied Kashmir, sent shockwaves around the world. She shared an article 'How the Kathua rape case lawyer is a force to reckon with' on her Twitter account and wrote, "All power to Deepika Singh Rajawat". The Harry Potter star has been a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and has actively worked for 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…

India’s rape victims denied speedy justice

India launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty after a gruesome assault on a young woman shocked the country in 2012, but crime statistics indicate the situation has got worse, not better, since then. The data was collated by Reuters amid mounting public anger over crimes against women after two horrific cases in recent months that has, once again, cast a harsh light on systemic problems plaguing the country‚Äôs police and courts. The gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl…

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…

#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…