A Young Girl's Rape in India Gets a Crisis to Get Modi

16 April, 2018, 14:34 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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The young victim was a Muslim and the accused are Hindus.

Indian police have made another arrest after the alleged rape of a teenager by a ruling party politician sparked protests across the country, federal investigators said Sunday. Her father went to file a complaint and died in police custody, leading to the suspension of several officers amid investigations.

Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assurance a few days ago that the "guilty won't be spared" after he chose to break his silence over the two horrific rape incidents in the recent times, the people of the country are not yet convinced that the ruling regime is actually serious to book and punish the rapists and their accomplices at the earliest. On Monday, Gandhi tweeted that there had been almost 20,000 child rapes in India in 2016, and urged Modi to fast-track prosecutions "if he is serious about providing "justice for our daughters".

The girl said she was raped in June a year ago in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district and the police refused to register a case against Sengar despite her repeated efforts to report the alleged crime.

Thousands of members of the radical right-wing "Hindu Unity Platform" have protested the arrests, demanding that police release the men.

The case has heightened fears of communal tensions in the region. The case came to attention after lawyers shouting Hindu nationalist slogans tried to block police from filing charges in court against eight accused men, all Hindus.

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The Supreme Court on Friday warned lawyers in Jammu against any further attempts to obstruct justice, the Press Trust of India reported. Two ministers from the BJP, which shares power in Jammu and Kashmir, were forced to resign after being pilloried for joining a rally in support of the accused men. In 2012, the fatal gang rape of a medical student in a moving bus shocked the country, promoting thousands of people to take to the streets to demand stricter rape laws. Yet India has always been plagued by violence against women and children - reported rapes climbed 60 per cent from 2012 to 40,000 in 2016, and many more go unreported, especially in backward rural areas.

"We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl", he said. According to the charge sheet, she was abducted by the minor and an accomplice.

Placards at the protest marches with messages like "she was a child, a daughter and a human and not an instrument for your bigotry", "patriarchy kills", "can't believe I still have to protest in 2018", "silence is no longer an option", "no religion for rapists they are criminals" and "break the silence and end brutality", to name a few, summed up the anger and emotions of Indians living under the shadow of rape and violence. "The bestiality and the barbarity involved in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old child shows the depths of depravity that we have sunk into", the letter said.

"The body was recovered on April 6 by the side of a highway and according to a post mortem report, the girl was sexually assaulted and murdered on April 5", Sharma said.

Protests and vigils were held Sunday in some parts of India including Delhi, the financial capital Mumbai and southern Kerala state.

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