Three Indian men sentenced to life in prison after shocking child rape and murder

A court docket in north India sentenced three Hindu men, together with a police officer to life in prison on Monday over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Muslim lady that stirred nationwide outrage and spiritual rivalries.

A police bus carrying the men accused of rape and murder of an eight-year-old lady in Kathua, close to Jammu, arrives at a court docket in Pathankot

The case brings to gentle India’s disturbing file of violence in opposition to ladies and youngsters, and drew criticism of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after some members criticized police for urgent prices.

“This is a victory of truth,” stated prosecution lawyer M Farooqi after the convictions.

“The girl and her family have got justice today.”

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Three different law enforcement officials have been sentenced to 5 years in prison by Judge Tejwinder Singh for destroying proof, prosecutor Santokh Singh advised reporters.

Media collect round a Punjab Police car carrying the men accused of the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic lady in Kathua.

The lady, who was from a nomadic Muslim group that roams the forests of Kashmir, was reportedly kidnapped in January 2018 when she was grazing her household’s ponies in the forests of the Himalayan foothills.

The eight-year-old lady lived in this dwelling amongst a group of Muslim nomadic herders. Picture: AFP

She was drugged, held captive in a temple and raped for every week earlier than being strangled and battered to demise with a stone in January 2018. Her mutilated physique was discovered in the woods every week later.

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The prosecution had requested for demise penalty for the three men – together with a Hindu priest – who obtained life in prison.

Deepak Khajuria was jailed for life over the shocking murder. Picture: AFP

The lady’s father, Mohammed Akhtar, advised AP by cellphone that the men needs to be “punished speedily, not just convicted.” “Our family has gone through hell,” he stated. “Our hearts are bleeding. These beasts should be hanged.”

Sanji Ram (C), was sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old lady. Picture: AFP

There are frequent instances of rape in opposition to ladies and youngsters in India and outrage over the so-called Kathua case contributed to the introduction of demise penalty for child rapists by the federal government.

Kashmiri activists protest in opposition to the rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa Bano. Picture: AP

Investigators are of the opinion that the muslim lady was focused in order to put worry in her tribe and drive them out of the group.

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