In India, Outrage Grows Over Rapes of Two Girls.

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The crimes took place months ago in different parts of India — a gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Indian Kashmir in January and a rape of a 16-year-old girl in the eastern state of Uttar Pradesh last year. Amid fears that the victims are being denied justice, a chorus of outrage has erupted across India.

The reported details of the brutal gang rape of the eight-year-old girl, Asifa Mohammad Yusuf Pujwala, in a Hindu-dominated region of Kashmir, hit national headlines this week after hundreds of right-wing Hindu activists, including some members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, took part in a march to protest the detention of eight Hindu men in connection with the crime. A group of lawyers also tried to stop police from entering a court to file charges against the accused men.

The support for the accused has sparked a massive wave of anger. The men arrested include a former government officer and police officials. According to the police, the young girl, who belonged to a family of nomads in Kashmir, was abducted in Kathua and kept captive for days. They say she was heavily sedated and gang raped before being strangled. A shocked nation is drawing comparisons to the gang rape of a physiotherapy student in 2012 that ignited nationwide protests.

Groups of women took to the streets Friday in Mumbai, New Delhi and Benguluru to protest the crime and the hashtags #Kathua and #justiceforAsifa trended on Twitter. Thousands of ordinary people, Bollywood celebrities and cricket stars joined the chorus of protest.
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