India Court Convicts Six For Gang Rape, Torture And Murder Of 8 Year Old Girl

Six of eight men accused of the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir have been found guilty in a specially convened fast-track Court.

The victim, who belonged to a Muslim Nomadic Tribe, was found in a forest near Kathua City in January 2018.

The case made headlines when Hindu right-wing groups and lawyers protested over the arrest of the eight men.

The child’s mother has demanded capital punishment for two of those convicted – retired Government Officer Sanji Ram and Police Officer Deepak Khajuria – claiming that they were the “masterminds” behind the crime.

The Kathua rape and murder was one among many high-profile cases that prompted India to introduce a new law which mandated the death penalty to anyone convicted of raping a child under 12.

Details of the injuries inflicted on the child had horrified many Indians.

The sentiment around the case prompted the top Court to move the trial out of Jammu and Kashmir to a Court in Pathankot in the Northern State of Punjab and start the trial afresh.

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