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asifa's rape and killing: the girl, her family and the accused | india


udhampur, indian-administered kashmir - the time was ripe to kill the girl, sanji ram told his juvenile nephew on a cold january evening.the ritual had been performed and asifa, an eight-year-old muslim nomad girl, was taken to a culvert in front of a temple where she had been kept in captivity, and sedated, for four days in rasana village of kathua district in indian-administered kashmir.but, before she would be strangulated and her head was hit twice with a stone "to make sure" she is dead, deepak khajuria, a special police officer, made a demand. he wanted to rape the girl before she was killed."as such", the police investigation noted, "once again the little girl was gang raped" by the accused police officer and then by the juvenile.for the next three months, the rape and murder of asi






child's rape, killing in india mired in religious politics


srinagar, india — the girl, just 8 years old, was grazing her family's ponies on a chilly january day in the forests of the himalayan foothills when she was kidnapped. her raped and mutilated body was found in the woods a week later.in 2012, the fatal gang rape of a young woman in the heart of india's capital moved hundreds of thousands of indians to take to the streets to demand stricter rape laws.but the gang rape, torture and death of a muslim girl in indian-controlled kashmir has seen far different protests: thousands of members of a radical hindu group with links to the ruling party have marched to demand the release of the six men accused in the repeated rape and killing of the girl inside a hindu temple. hundreds of hindu lawyers have protested that the men, two of them police offic






jammu policemen face charges over asifa's rape, killing | india news


a retired government official and four policemen have been charged over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old muslim girl in indian-administered kashmir.the retired official, sanji ram, ordered his nephew and a policeman to kidnap the girl, asifa, in january to terrorise members of her nomadic bakerwal community into leaving kathua district in the region's mainly hindu jammu division, according to a court filing. the girl was heavily sedated, kept in a hindu temple, and gang-raped by at least three men over the course of four days in mid-january, the police said in the charge sheet made public on tuesday. kashmir villages 'destroyed' by pakistan army shellingshe was later strangled and her body was found in the forest near the temple. one of the three suspected rapists was a police






jammu policemen face charges over asifa's rape, killing | india news


a retired government official and four policemen in northern india have been charged over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old muslim girl in the country's troubled jammu and kashmir state.the retired official, sanji ram, ordered his nephew and a policeman to kidnap the girl, asifa, in january to terrorise members of her nomadic bakerwal community into leaving kathua district in the mainly hindu jammu division, according to a court filing. the girl was heavily sedated, kept in a hindu temple, and gang raped by at least three men over the course of four days in mid-january, the police said in the charge sheet made public on tuesday. she was later strangled and her body was found in the forest near the temple. one of the three suspected rapists was a policeman. another officer, anan






jammu policemen face charges over asifa's rape, killing | india news


a retired government official and four policemen in northern india have been charged over the brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old muslim girl in the country's troubled jammu and kashmir state.the retired official, sanji ram, ordered his nephew and a policeman to kidnap the girl, asifa, in january to terrorise members of her nomadic bakerwal community into leaving kathua district in the mainly hindu jammu division, according to a court filing. the girl was heavily sedated, kept in a hindu temple, and gang raped by at least three men over the course of four days in mid-january, the police said in the charge sheet made public on tuesday. she was later strangled and her body was found in the forest near the temple. one of the three suspected rapists was a policeman. another office






jammu policemen face charges over asifa's rape, killing | india news


a retired government official and four policemen have been charged over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old muslim girl in indian-administered kashmir.the retired official, sanji ram, ordered his nephew and a policeman to kidnap the girl, asifa, in january to terrorise members of her nomadic bakerwal community into leaving kathua district in the mainly hindu jammu division, according to a court filing. the girl was heavily sedated, kept in a hindu temple, and gang-raped by at least three men over the course of four days in mid-january, the police said in the charge sheet made public on tuesday. she was later strangled and her body was found in the forest near the temple. one of the three suspected rapists was a policeman. another officer, anand dutta, who was initially in charge






catholic diocese in india removes vicar accused of rape


new delhi — a roman catholic diocese in southern india is considering using security cameras and other measures to curb sexual abuse by priests after a vicar was arrested on charges of raping a teenage girl, a spokesman said thursday.the bishop of the mananthavady diocese has also removed the rev. robin vadakkancheril from his job as vicar of st. sebastian church in kottiyoor and from conducting any priestly functions, said the rev. nobel parackal, a media officer for the diocese in kerala state.vadakkancheril was arrested late last month after a 17-year-old girl from his parish gave birth to a baby. investigating officer sunil kumar said police are searching for at least five nuns who allegedly helped the priest cover up the rape and subsequent pregnancy.kumar said the girl, after initial






india: nationwide protests to demand justice for rape victims | news


thousands of indians have joined nationwide protests against the recent cases of rapes, including that of an eight-year-old girl, who was gang-raped and brutally murdered inside a temple in jammu area of indian-administered kashmir."punish the guilty" was a rallying cry on sunday in new delhi, mumbai, thiruvananthapuram, bangalore and other cities, according to india's ndtv."small little girls are being raped every day and the way this time it has happened, that people actually came and supported these rapists, this is (new) heights and this is the time that we should take it as an alarm," ved amrita, a protester in new delhi, told associated press news agency.asifa bano, from the bakerwal muslim community, was gang-raped and murdered in kathua district in january, but the case caused publ






india: protesters keep spotlight on sexual assault | india news


eight men have been arrested over the abduction, rape and murder of an eight-year-old muslim girl in kashmir.the arrests came as protests against sexual assaults sweep across northern india.separately, kuldeep singh sengar, an indian legislator and member of the bjp ruling party has also been arrested for the rape of a teenager.al jazeera's charlotte bellis reports.






outrage in india over authorities’ handling of rape and murder case


new delhi—protests over the handling of the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl spread across india on sunday as the government came under pressure to ensure justice in a case that has shocked the country.the girl was kidnapped in january and held in a hindu temple in the northern state of jammu and kashmir while she was drugged, gang-raped and murdered, according to a police charge sheet posted on a local media website. the...






catholic diocese in india removes vicar accused of rape


new delhi — a roman catholic diocese in southern india is considering using security cameras and other measures to curb sexual abuse by priests after a vicar was arrested on charges of raping a teenage girl.a media officer for the mananthavady diocese in kerala state, the rev. nobel parackal, said thursday that the bishop of the diocese has also removed the rev. robin vadakkancheril from his job as vicar of st. sebastian church in kottiyoor and from conducting any priestly functions.vadakkancheril was arrested late last month after a 17-year-old girl from his parish gave birth to a baby. investigating officer sunil kumar said police are searching for at least five nuns who allegedly helped the priest cover up the rape and subsequent pregnancy.






catholic diocese in india removes vicar accused of rape


new delhi (ap) — a roman catholic diocese in southern india is considering using security cameras and other measures to curb sexual abuse by priests after a vicar was arrested on charges of raping a teenage girl.a media officer for the mananthavady diocese in kerala state, the rev. nobel parackal, said thursday that the bishop of the diocese has also removed the rev. robin vadakkancheril from his job as vicar of st. sebastian church in kottiyoor and from conducting any priestly functions.vadakkancheril was arrested late last month after a 17-year-old girl from his parish gave birth to a baby. investigating officer sunil kumar said police are searching for at least five nuns who allegedly helped the priest cover up the rape and subsequent pregnancy.






top indian court rules sex with wife younger than 18 is rape


new delhi — india's top court has ruled that having sexual intercourse with a wife younger than 18 is rape, a decision that activists say is an important step toward ending child marriages.indian law has set 18 as the age for women to marry and consent to sex, but there are exceptions and a man was permitted to have sex, even forcibly, with a girl as young as 15, as long as she was his wife.the court ruled wednesday that sexual intercourse with a girl younger than 18 is rape.lawyer indira jaisingh said the ruling would make child marriages illegal.child marriages are prevalent in india, especially among the rural poor.






bollywood stars raise their voice against the kathua rape case


the nation is shaken by the news of an 8-year-old being gang-raped in a temple by a group of men. little girl named asifa was molested by a bunch of ruthless men in rasana village near kathua in jammu and kashmir state. victim asifa disappeared for a week before her body was discovered a kilometre away from the village by a few villagers. while the accused have already been arrested and will be presented in front of the law, a strong voice for the safety of young daughters is being raised all over the nation. as india lost a daughter, various bollywood stars are coming out against the incidence and expressing their grief and anger on their official social media handles. amongst various stars, actresses kareena kapoor khan, sonam kapoor, swara bhaskar, radhika apte, esha gupta and others we






india: nationwide protests to demand justice for rape victims | news


thousands of indians have taken to the streets to join nationwide protests against continuing sexual assaults of women and girls, including that of an eight-year-old girl who was gang-raped and brutally murdered inside a temple in jammu area of indian-administered kashmir."punish the guilty" was the rallying cry on sunday in new delhi, mumbai, thiruvananthapuram, bangalore and other cities, according to india's ndtv.{articleguid}"small little girls are being raped every day and the way this time it has happened, that people actually came and supported these rapists, this is (new) heights and this is the time that we should take it as an alarm," ved amrita, a protester in new delhi, told associated press news agency.asifa bano, from the bakerwal muslim community, was gang-raped and murdered






india supreme court rules sex with child bride is rape


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption the age of consent in india is 18, but marital rape is not considered an offence india's supreme court has struck down a legal clause that permits men to have sex with their underage wives. the clause, which was part of india's law on rape, said intercourse between a man and his wife was permissible as long as she was over 15 years of age.the age of consent in india is 18, but marital rape is not considered an offence. the verdict has been hailed by women's rights activists.however correspondents say that the order will be difficult to enforce.the judgement said that girls under 18 would be able to charge their husbands with rape, as long as they complained within one year of being forced to have sexual relations."this is a landmark judgement that c






man accused of raping michigan girl now charged in her death


detroit (ap) — a man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old michigan girl is now accused of killing her before she was expected to testify in the rape case.kent county prosecutor chris becker said wednesday that two men are facing charges connected to the death of mujey dumbuya. her partially clothed body was found in january about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from her grand rapids home.the accused rapist, quinn james, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and other crimes. he’s accused of sexually assaulting mujey last summer and then killing her while he was free on bond in the case.james’ co-defendant, gerald bennett, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksinvestigators have alleged the men plotte






india supreme court rules sex with child bride is rape


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption the age of consent in india is 18, but marital rape is not considered an offence india's supreme court has struck down a legal clause that permits men to have sex with their underage wives. the clause, which was part of india's law on rape, said intercourse between a man and his wife was permissible as long as she was over 15 years of age.the age of consent in india is 18, but marital rape is not considered an offence. the verdict has been hailed by women's rights activists.however correspondents say that the order will be difficult to enforce.the judgement said that girls under 18 would be able to charge their husbands with rape, as long as they complained within one year of being forced to have sexual relations."this is a landmark judgement that c






hindu nationalist lawmaker held after rape allegation


lucknow, india (ap) — a governing hindu nationalist party lawmaker has been arrested after being accused of abducting and raping a teenage girl whose father died following an assault by a mob led by his brother when the girl protested.abhishek dayal, a spokesman for the federal central bureau of investigation, says lawmaker kuldeep singh sengar was arrested on friday after questioning in lucknow, the capital of northern uttar pradesh state.he denies the allegation.the teen also accused the ruling bharatiya janata party of shielding him and the police of delaying his prosecution.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksviolent crimes against women have been on the rise in india despite tough laws enacted by the government in 2013.the associated press generally






india: bjp lawmaker kuldeep singh sengar faces rape charges | news


following a massive national outcry over alleged administrative and police cover-up, a lawmaker from india's ruling bharatiya janata party (bjp) will be investigated for alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl from uttar pradesh's unnao district.police have filed a case against kuldeep singh sengar that include provisions filed under the protection of children from sexual offences act (pocso) on thursday almost a year after the alleged assault took place."we have filed an fir (first information report) today under the sections 363, 366, 376 that deals with rape under the indian penal code as well as the pocso act. the special investigation team has been probing the case," kunwar bahadur singh, deputy superintendent of police at unnao police station, told al jazeera.the girl has accused the 50-y






rape charges for man who hid in 13-year-old girl’s basement


elizabethtown, ky. (ap) — a maryland man has been charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl who kept him hidden in her basement.the news-enterprise reports 20-year-old domenico antonio bucci was arrested wednesday. he faces up to 10 years if convicted on each of six counts of rape and sodomy.an arrest warrant says the girl “snuck” bucci into the family basement, where he hid for five days before the girl’s mother contacted police.police say bucci met the girl online, and had sex with her multiple times despite knowing her age. he’s being held on $100,000 bond pending a feb. 2 hearing.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






india's forbidden love: an honour killing on trial | women's rights


in march 2016, kausalya and her husband shankar were brutally attacked on a crowded street in southern india.shankar, who came from a lower dalit caste, died of his injuries. kausalya survived and accused her parents of orchestrating an honour killing.witness follows kausalya as she fights for justice through the courts, testifying against her parents in a trial where they face the death penalty.kausalya's now-estranged grandparents and brother, gautham, also await the verdict, desperately hoping kausalya's mother and father will be released.the unique access to both sides shows a family torn apart by a caste hierarchy that remains deeply-rooted in india's social fabric.filmmaker's viewby sadhana subramaniammodern india has changed radically from the country i grew up in during the 1980s a






indian court rules sex with minor wife is rape | india news


the indian supreme court has ruled that sexual intercourse with a wife between the age of 15 and 18 years is a crime.in a landmark ruling on wednesday, india's top court amended the country's rape law and declared that sex with an underage wife illegal under india's penal code (ipc).the wife must file a complaint against her husband within a year of the committed offence. "the exception in rape law under the ipc is contrary to other statutes, violates bodily integrity of girl child," the court in the capital, new dehli, said.the verdict will come into effect for future instances and have no bearing on marriages already solemnised, the court said. the legal age for marriage in india is 18, but child marriages, are not uncommon, especially in the rural parts of the country. the protection of






indian court rules sex with minor wife is rape | india news


the indian supreme court has ruled that sexual intercourse with a wife between the age of 15 and 18 years is a crime.in a landmark ruling on wednesday, india's top court amended the country's rape law and declared that sex with an underage wife illegal under india's penal code (ipc).the wife must file a complaint against her husband within a year of the committed offence. "the exception in rape law under the ipc is contrary to other statutes, violates bodily integrity of girl child," the court in the capital, new dehli, said.{articleguid}the verdict will come into effect for future instances and have no bearing on marriages already solemnised, the court said. the legal age for marriage in india is 18, but child marriages, are not uncommon, especially in the rural parts of the country. the






bjp legislator kuldeep singh sengar arrested in rape case | india news


indian police say a legislator from the governing bjp has been arrested on charges of abducting and raping a teenaged girl a year ago.kuldeep singh sengar, 50, a member in the uttar pradesh state legislative assembly, has been accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in june. sengar has denied the allegations, calling them politically motivated. sengar was arrested on friday after questioning, uttar pradesh police chief op singh said.the girl has alleged she was raped in june in the unnao district of uttar pradesh and has been trying to lodge a complaint with the police since august.india's top investigative body, the central bureau of investigation, is currently investigating the case.the case made national headlines after the victim tried to kill herself on april 8, in front of the home of y






bjp legislator kuldeep singh sengar arrested in rape case | india news


indian police say a legislator from the governing bjp has been arrested on charges of abducting and raping a teenaged girl a year ago.kuldeep singh sengar, 50, a member of the uttar pradesh state legislative assembly, has been accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in june. sengar has denied the allegations, calling them politically motivated. sengar was arrested on friday after questioning, uttar pradesh police chief op singh said.the girl has alleged she was raped in june in the unnao district of uttar pradesh and has been trying to lodge a complaint with the police since august.india's top investigative body, the central bureau of investigation, is currently investigating the case.the case made national headlines after the victim tried to kill herself on april 8, in front of the home of y






man accused of raping, killing toddler seen in pittsburgh


pittsburgh (ap) — pennsylvania state police say a man accused of raping and killing a 13-month-old girl in ohio has been spotted at a pittsburgh convenience store.kdka-tv says joshua gurto was seen at a sheetz store on wednesday around 4:30 p.m. he left on foot along a road that runs parallel to interstate 79.aggravated murder and rape charges were filed earlier this month against 37-year-old gurto in the death of sereniti jazzlynn-sky blankenship-sutley.on oct. 7, police responded to call about an unresponsive child at an apartment in conneaut, 70 miles (113 kilometers) northeast of cleveland. the girl had blunt-force injuries to her head and body. she died at a hospital.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.an arrest warrant was issued for gurto.police in pittsburgh a






alabama man accused of raping girl, 5, has been arrested


gadsden, ala. — authorities say an alabama man who is accused of raping a 5-year-old girl has been arrested.an etowah county sheriff's office news release quotes investigator brandi fuller as saying 41-year-old shelton samuel welch was arrested and charged with first-degree rape. news outlets report that jail records show he was taken into custody saturday.authorities say welch is accused of raping the child at a residence on tabor road, and that the incident was reported by a family member.welch is being detained in the etowah county detention center on a $400,000 surety bond. it's unclear if he has a lawyer.






pakistani mob angered by rape, murder of girl attacks police


lahore, pakistan — pakistani police say a mob angered over the recent rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl has attacked a police station in eastern punjab province, triggering clashes that left several people injured.wednesday's violence erupted in the city of kasur hours before the funeral of the girl, who went missing last week.her body was found on tuesday in a garbage bin. authorities say she was abducted, raped and murdered while her parents were away at a pilgrimage in saudi arabia.the case has drawn wide public outrage.local tv footage shows police firing shots in the air to disperse the mob. provincial law minister rana sanaullah says the police are trying to contain the violence and find and arrest those involved in the killing of the girl.






gurmeet ram rahim singh: india's godmen and the media | asia pacific


india is dealing with the fallout from an unusual kind of protest that took place last weekend. thirty-eight people were killed during a violent demonstration against the conviction of the leader of a religious sect for raping two of his female followers.gurmeet ram rahim singh, one of india's so-called "godmen", has as many as 60 million online devotees, and last weekend's protest was not the first to turn violent in his defence. the reporter who first revealed singh's sexual misconduct was shot dead shortly after the story broke. singh is the leader of the dera sacha sauda sect, and a flamboyant character who has used the indian airwaves to build a one-man publicity machine. rape allegations as well as suspicions that singh ordered the killing of a journalist have been hanging over his h






india: men gang-rape woman, smash skull with bricks | india news


an indian woman was gang-raped and then brutally murdered by men who smashed her skull with bricks after she had threatened to inform authorities, police in the northern state of haryana said on monday.two men were arrested for rape and murder in sonipat town, and six more were being investigated after the victim's mother accused them of involvement, ashwin shenvi, superintendent of police, told the reuters news agency.the 23-year old woman, a labourer, was taken by the men - at least one of whom knew her - by car from near her home in sonipat to the nearby city of rohtak, where they raped her, shenvi said."when she said to them she would complain, they hammered her skull in with bricks," he said. "the way that they brutalised her is horrific." read more: a dark trade - rape videos for sal






india: men gang-rape woman, smash skull with bricks | india news


an indian woman was gang-raped and then brutally murdered by men who smashed her skull with bricks after she had threatened to inform authorities, police in the northern state of haryana said on monday.two men were arrested for rape and murder in sonipat town, and six more were being investigated after the victim's mother accused them of involvement, ashwin shenvi, superintendent of police, told the reuters news agency.the 23-year old woman, a labourer, was taken by the men - at least one of whom knew her - by car from near her home in sonipat to the nearby city of rohtak, where they raped her, shenvi said."when she said to them she would complain, they hammered her skull in with bricks," he said. "the way that they brutalised her is horrific." read more: a dark trade: rape videos for sale






jurors considering case of man accused of raping 6 sisters


doylestown, pa. — jurors in suburban philadelphia are to resume deliberations tuesday in the case of a man accused of sexually assaulting six girls in the same family, fathering two children by one of them.jurors deliberated for five hours monday following closing arguments in the bucks county trial of lee donald kaplan, 52, on numerous charges of rape of a child, statutory sexual assault and other offenses.authorities said the mother of the girls, nine daughters and her two grandchildren had been living with kaplan when a neighbor's tip led them to search his feasterville home last year.authorities allege the parents "gifted" the oldest girl to kaplan because he helped them financially, and he fathered her two children, one of them when she was 14. the girl is now in her late teens.deputy






pakistani mob angered by rape, murder of girl attacks police


lahore, pakistan (ap) — pakistani police say a mob angered over the recent rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl has attacked a police station in eastern punjab province, triggering clashes that left several people injured.wednesday’s violence erupted in the city of kasur hours before the funeral of the girl, who went missing last week.her body was found on tuesday in a garbage bin. authorities say she was abducted, raped and murdered while her parents were away at a pilgrimage in saudi arabia.the case has drawn wide public outrage.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.local tv footage shows police firing shots in the air to disperse the mob. provincial law minister rana sanaullah says the police are trying to contain the violence and find and arrest those involved in t






india's power girls | india


afreen khan is a 17-year-old girl who is part of a new generation of indian women fighting rape and sexual harassment.a rape victim herself, she has made it her life's mission to educate, empower and protect other women who experienced sexual assault.along with other young rape survivors, khan has formed a vigilante group called the red brigade. together, they march along the streets in their red and black uniform, drag young men out of their homes and publicly humiliate them for harassing women.the red brigade teaches self-defence to the girls of their community and organises protests and petitions."whenever there is a case of sexual abuse we take charge. we go, meet the victims and help them overcome the trauma. we handle the case, and if she happens to be a teenager we often help with h






pakistan zainab murder: police arrest suspect


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionthe rape and murder of six-year-old zainab sparked outrage in pakistanpakistani authorities say they have arrested the main suspect in the rape and killing of six-year-old zainab ansari. the chief minister of punjab province accused imran ali, 24, of being a serial killer. speaking at a news conference in lahore, shahbaz sharif said the suspect had confessed and his dna matched samples from the crime scene in kasur.there has been no immediate comment either from the accused or his lawyers.zainab's murder triggered outrage across the country, including riots against alleged police incompetence. two protesters were killed in the clashes .the child's body was found in a garbage dump earlier this month, several days after she went missin






transparent ethics commission bill, controversial ‘public accountability board’


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.with the state wracked by successive corruption scandals involving top officials, several lawmakers seem to agree that this is the year for ethics reform in new mexico.a committee of the state house of representatives gave a boost to those hopes thursday by a ncing a bipartisan proposal to establish an independent ethics commission through a constitutional amendment. the commission would have the power to investigate complaints of misconduct by public officials, candidates, lobbyists and contractors. the complaints would be public, and the commission’s opinions could be appealed to the state courts. paign finance reform advocates and good government groups have fought for years to create such a body. but similar me