Renewed outrage in India over rape cases

Two new cases trigger protests and concern over 'rape culture'

Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest in support of rape victims in Mumbai on April 15, 2018.
Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest in support of rape victims in Mumbai on April 15, 2018.PHOTO: AFP
National Panthers Party activists in Jammu and Kashmir protesting about an investigation into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl. Asifa Bano, eight, was allegedly held captive and raped for seven days before being murdered.
National Panthers Party activists in Jammu and Kashmir protesting about an investigation into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl. PHOTO: REUTERS
National Panthers Party activists in Jammu and Kashmir protesting about an investigation into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl. Asifa Bano, eight, was allegedly held captive and raped for seven days before being murdered.
Asifa Bano, eight, was allegedly held captive and raped for seven days before being murdered.

Two rape cases - one of them involving a powerful lawmaker - in Indian states ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have again turned the spotlight on the plight of young, defenceless victims.

An eight-year-old girl from a Sunni Muslim nomadic tribe of shepherds was the victim in the more brutal and shocking case, in volatile Jammu and Kashmir state.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2018, with the headline 'Renewed outrage in India over rape'. Subscribe