An Indian court on Monday (June 10) convicted six men of involvement in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in occupied Kashmir last year, said a prosecution lawyer. The case sparked outrage and criticism of the country’s ruling party after some of its members opposed charges being laid.
The girl, from a nomadic Muslim community that roams the forests of occupied 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 2018. The abduction, rape and killing of the child was part of a plan to remove the minority nomadic community from the area, the 15-page charge sheet said.
“This is a victory of truth,” prosecution lawyer M Farooqi told reporters outside the court. “The girl and her family has got justice today. We are satisfied with the judgment.”
The prosecution was seeking the death penalty for three men – priest Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar – who were convicted of rape and murder, he said. Three others, Surinder Kumar, Tilak Raj and Anand Dutta, were convicted of lesser crimes of destroying evidence.
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20 September, 2019