Outrage across India over rape of 8-year-old girl

The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India.

The body of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January near Kathua city of Indian-administered Kashmir.

Kuldeep Singh Sengar, 50, from the ruling BJP allegedly raped the girl last year in Unnao district.

But her case was registered only after she tried to kill herself last week in front of the chief minister’s home.

Police have arrested eight men, including a retired government official, four police officers and a juvenile in connection with Asifa’s death.

Rahul Gandhi, the chief of the main opposition Congress Party, led a candlelight march in Delhi on Thursday night.

The chief of Delhi commission for women, Swati Maliwal, has said she will be starting an indefinite fast from Friday to demand better security for women and children in the country.

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