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Asifa Bano case opens in India rape, homicide trial in Kathua, Kashmir on 2018-Four-16

NEW DELHI — The fast-tracked trial of eight males accused within the brutal gang rape and homicide of an eight-year-old Muslim lady started Monday in India, as outrage over sexual crime unfold but once more throughout the nation. In a courtroom in Indian Kashmir city of Kathua, the place the premeditated crime was allegedly dedicated in January, the accused pleaded not responsible and requested to endure chemical lie-detector exams.

It was a short first day within the trial. The courtroom requested copies of the police fees to be shared with the suspects’ authorized groups, and stated the trial would resume on April 28. 

The physique of Asifa Bano was present in Kathua on January 17 this yr. A four-month police investigation discovered she was kidnapped, starved, drugged, and raped repeatedly inside a Hindu temple. The police say the assault was deliberate and carried out to try to drive her Bakarwal Muslim nomadic group out of the world.

An undated file photograph exhibits Asifa Bano.

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The case has uncovered the tense divide in India between the bulk Hindu and minority Muslim inhabitants. All eight of the boys accused within the case are Hindu, and radical Hindu nationalists have rallied to their protection.

India’s Supreme Court docket requested Monday that the Jammu and Kashmir state authorities present safety for Asifa’s household. They reside in a predominantly Hindu space. Asifa’s father had approached the highest courtroom asking that the trial be relocated out of Jammu and Kashmir state, citing fears of “backlash.”

The excessive courtroom additionally ordered safety for the household’s lawyer, Deepika Rajawat, who has alleged confronted rape and loss of life threats herself.

“I do not understand how lengthy I will likely be alive. I may be raped… I may be killed… I used to be threatened ‘we won’t forgive you,’ yesterday,” Rajawat instructed journalists on Sunday. 

Public outrage over the case has been rising quick. Over the weekend, protests and gatherings have been held in a number of Indian cities and cities, together with Delhi and Mumbai. Individuals from all backgrounds and ages got here out with posters and candles, demanding “Justice for Asifa.” 


Indian demonstrators maintain placards throughout a silent protest ‘Not In My Title’ in assist of rape victims following excessive profile circumstances in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh states, in New Delhi on April 15, 2018.


This newest wave of protests throughout India is targeted not solely on the crime in opposition to Asifa, but additionally in opposition to the rape of a 17-year-old lady in Uttar Pradesh state final yr. The lady was allegedly assaulted by a legislator of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bhartiya Janata Get together (BJP).

The case got here to gentle when the teenage sufferer tried to immolate herself earlier this month. She stated her household was threatened once they filed a police case. Her father was picked up by police for questioning and died within the custody. It took a courtroom rap for the state authorities to arrest the accused BJP legislator. 

Many see echoes within the present anti-rape protests of an identical outcry following the rape of a younger lady on a bus because it was pushed round in Delhi in December 2012.

“There may be numerous anger and deep sense of disgrace amongst folks,” filmmaker Saba Dewan, who led a large “Not in My Title” protest gathering in Delhi on Sunday evening, instructed CBS Information. 

Prime Minister Modi’s occasion, the BJP, is dealing with the brunt of the general public anger. Many imagine the occasion has tried to defend the suspects from prosecution in each circumstances. Modi spoke on Friday after his political opponents began questioning his “silence” on the case. He assured the nation that “no offender will likely be spared and full justice will likely be executed.” 

“How can the PM’s promise of justice be taken critically if it isn’t adopted by motion?” Kavita Krishnan of the All India Progressive Girls’s Affiliation instructed CBS Information. 

It is important for Prime Minister Modi to deal with the case rigorously, as there are upcoming state elections, and a common election subsequent yr.

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