NEW DELHI — Eight Hindu males accused within the gang rape and killing of an Eight-year-old Muslim woman in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state pleaded not responsible Monday of their first court docket look.
The kid’s battered physique was present in a forest in January, per week after she went lacking whereas grazing her household’s ponies. Police say the accused males deliberate the kid’s kidnapping for over a month as a part of a plan to scare her Muslim nomadic tribe away from the world.
Police stated the kid was sedated and held captive at a Hindu temple the place she was repeatedly raped earlier than being strangled and bludgeoned to demise.
The court docket on Monday instructed the investigators to guarantee that the accused males had copies of all the costs they confronted earlier than the following listening to on April 26.
The case has led to protests throughout the nation and got here to nationwide prominence final week when hundreds of members of a Hindu radical group, Hindu Ekta Manch, or the Hindu Unity Platform, marched in assist of the accused males. Tons of of attorneys from the native bar affiliation additionally tried to forestall police from coming into a court docket complicated to put their investigation earlier than a choose and stated the accused males had been all harmless.
Six males, together with two cops, are accused of being immediately concerned within the assaults on the woman. A type of policemen additionally allegedly joined within the seek for her physique. Two different policemen had been arrested for makes an attempt to destroy proof.
No less than two lawmakers from India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Celebration additionally spoke out in assist of the accused. The case highlights the rising spiritual polarization in India because the BJP swept to energy in 2014.