NEW DELHI — Eight Hindu males accused within the gang rape and killing of an Eight-year-old Muslim lady 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, every 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 mentioned the kid was sedated and held captive at a Hindu temple the place she was repeatedly raped earlier than being strangled and bludgeoned to dying.
The court docket on Monday instructed the investigators to guarantee that the accused males had copies of all the fees they confronted earlier than the subsequent listening to on April 26.
The case has led to protests throughout the nation and got here to nationwide prominence final week when 1000’s of members of a Hindu radical group, Hindu Ekta Manch, or the Hindu Unity Platform, marched in help of the accused males. Tons of of legal professionals from the native bar affiliation additionally tried to forestall police from getting into a court docket advanced to position their investigation earlier than a choose and mentioned the accused males had been all harmless.
Six males, together with two law enforcement officials, are accused of being straight concerned within the assaults on the lady. 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 Occasion additionally spoke out in help of the accused. The case highlights the rising spiritual polarization in India because the BJP swept to energy in 2014.