Gang rape, murder of Muslim girl in India: Six convicted


PATHANKOT/ KARACHI (ENN) Six men were convicted on Monday over the notorious 2018 gang rape and murder in India of a young Muslim girl that provoked horror and stoked inter-religious tensions.

According to the charge sheet, the eight-year-old girl was abducted and taken to a village in the Kathua district of the northern Indian region of Jammu on January 10 last year.

In an ordeal lasting five days, she was sedated and held in a Hindu temple, repeatedly raped over five days and then strangled and beaten to death.

The six Hindu men were due to be sentenced later in the rape case, prosecution lawyer Mubeen Farooqui told reporters outside the Pathsnkot court in Punjab state.

They face the death penalty with a minimum of life imprisonment. A seventh man was acquitted while an eighth person, who was underage, faces a separate trial.

The case sparked two days of violent protests in Jammu and demonstrations in several other places across India, including in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.

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