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The case of a minister jailed during rape trial

The case has sparked nationwide outrage with thousands marching through the streets in cities including Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bengaluru, to condemn the attack and call for swift justice. The case has drawn parallels with the huge protests in the wake of the 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi. Protesters were spurred on by another case involving a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by a local politician of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party BJP in Uttar Pradesh state last year.

She was allegedly drugged and held in a local temple for five days where she was repeatedly raped. The charge sheet said she was strangled to death and hit twice on the head with a heavy stone.

Police found her body in a forest on Jan. The girl belonged to the nomadic Gujjar-Bakarwal community, a Muslim ethnic group that make their living herding and trading livestock. Over the years there have been tensions between the Gujjars and Hindus in the region over land use and the right to forest resources. The Muslim-majority state has seen communal tensions flare up with Hindu groups in certain areas in the past. Sanji Ram, a 60-year-old retired government officer and caretaker of the temple where the alleged crime took place, is accused of plotting the murder with four police officers Deepak Khajuria, Surender Verma, Anand Dutta and Tilak Raj, the Hindu reports.

Indian students in Ahmedabad protesting in support of rape victims in Jammu and Uttar Pradesh, April 15, 2018.

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They say they believe the men have been framed and the investigators are prejudiced against Hindus. A group of lawyers in Kathua even tried to stop police from filing the charge sheet against the men in court in early April. But the case gained nationwide attention in April after the horrific details of the investigation were made public.

Thousands joined marches across India demanding justice for the girl, with many rallying online around the hashtag NotInMyName, which was started in 2017 to protest increasing Hindu violence against minorities.

This is today's pic of Sikhs in Jammu holding candle light march. Lets protest untill we get justice. Hopefully Sikhs of Jammu will inspire and encourage others to come forward. Politicians took to social media to condemn the attack. I want to assure the entire nation that I stand committed not just to ensure justice for Ashifa but also seek exemplary punishment for those responsible for a crime whose brutal savagery has shamed humanity.

The reaction

Thousands of men and women stood up to be counted in the battle for justice and to protest the rising acts of violence against girls and women.

I thank each and every one of you for your support.

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It shall not be in vain. What did Prime Minister Modi say? Prime Minister Narendra Modi was criticized for his delayed response to the attack, with many calling him out on social media. Our daughters will get justice. In the wake of the 2012 gang-rape of the student in New Delhi, the government introduced legislation for stricter rape laws.

What happened

Harsher punishments were enacted for rape, including longer prison terms and the death penalty in some cases. The ambit of crimes against women was widened to include stalking, voyeurism and acid attacks. Fast-track courts were set up to process rape cases quicker. The trial for the seven men and one juvenile continues on Saturday.