Television showed images of lawyers beating up the suspects on the staircase of the city high court as they were brought in. New Delhi CNN The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl, in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, has inflamed religious tensions and sparked widespread protests, in a case that is threatening to further destabilize an already restive region. Home United States U. The men included security guards, lift operators and plumbers working at the apartment block where the girl lived, police said. An Indian school girl C practises self-defence with an instructor during a self-defence class at a school in Mumbai on January 4, We've sent you an email with instructions to create a new password.
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Photos: Indian Village Shocked By Brutal Rape and Murder Case
The number of Muslims has grown in recent years, due to the arrival of several thousand Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. The accused, all whom are Hindu, have seen their case picked up by an unlikely coalition of religious nationalists and legal professionals, who together have launched a campaign to have the charges dropped and the case handed over to federal investigators. In justifying the Hindu Unity Council's defense of the accused, Vijay Sharma, the council's leader, claimed the state government had adopted a soft stance on the region's minority Muslim population. VOA Newscasts Listen live. Why the Taj Mahal is at the center of India's cultural wars.