Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Nationwide protests have been held in the past week over the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state.In the latest case, the child's body was found on a building site early Tuesday, hours after she went missing from a wedding in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh state.

The prime minister, during the "Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath" programme at the iconic Central Hall Westminster here, said, "We always ask our daughters about what they are doing, where they are going".

During the event, the PM also interacted with the Indian diaspora and took many questions on the current scenario in India after several incidents of rape-similar to that of Nirbhaya-surfaced. The person who is committing these crimes is also someone's son.

"Be it the case of a teenage victim in UP's Unnao or the story of Asifa, the eight-year-old girl in Kathua who was gang-raped for seven days and then killed, the BJP has failed to provide the common minimum need of safety to women across the country".

Indian courts are notorious for massive delays, with more than 30 million cases pending, and the country's government is to introduce fast-track courts for rape cases to address the problem.

Referring to the rape and murder of Asifa, the letter said it was a "moment of existential crisis", the "darkest hour" in "post-Independence India". In fact, Monday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi even pointed out on Twitter that there were as many as 19,675 children had been raped in India in 2016.

Two Jammu and Kashmir state ministers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) resigned after they attended rallies organised to defend the accused.

"When a child is raped. we can not compare these incidents in numbers for different governments".

'We have charged him with the rape and murder of the child.

At a press conference of foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale in London on Wednesday, a student belonging to the group asked why the tickets of eight out of nine people were cancelled, according to a report in NDTV.

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