Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Arrest as protests mount over India rape cases

Arrest as protests mount over India rape cases

Thousands of people gathered Sunday across India demanding justice for two young victims of rape and raising questions over why safety for children and women still eluded the nation despite tighter laws. Ahead of the trial, she said she had been threatened with rape and death for taking up the case.

In a freaky sequence of events, the girl's father died in police custody last week, fanning suspicion that Sengar was somehow involved.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday condemned the rape and gave an assurance that justice would be done.

A 25-year-old man was today arrested for allegedly raping and threatening a woman on the pretext of marriage, police said.Rushikesh Nimbre, a resident of Mumbra, was arrested on the complaint of a 29-year-old widow who claimed that the accused had repeatedly raped her between December, 2016 and April, 2018 on the pretext of marriage. The letter went further by blaming the BJP and likeminded right-wing Hindu groups for promoting a culture of "majoritarian belligerence and aggression" in Jammu, and in the Uttar Pradesh case it blasted the party for using feudal strongmen, who behave like gangsters, to shore up its rule.

"He would threaten the victim that he would kill her daughter in case she complained". They all belonged to the local Hindu community that has been locked in a land dispute with the Bakarwal.

Underlining the political tensions over the case, some members of the ruling BJP party joined a rally organised by a hardline Hindu group earlier this week to show support for eight Hindu men accused of the crime, including a former bureaucrat and four police officers.

Some lawyers and others tried to block the filing of the charges and meetings were held in support of those arrested in connection with the case.

"They have resigned because of the way the entire thing has been presented across the country".

The BJP on Sunday demanded that the main opposition Congress party sack its state leader in Jammu and Kashmir after he suggested the police investigation was politically motivated.

It was the biggest display of public anger in the country since the 2012 gang rape of a physiotherapy student in the Indian capital sparked nationwide protests. Yet India has always been plagued by violence against women and children - reported rapes climbed 60 per cent from 2012 to 40,000 in 2016, and many more go unreported, especially in backward rural areas.

On Sunday, a "united India" made a decision to speak up against rising crimes against women and girls in the aftermath of the horrific rape cases in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh and Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir. Though the rape and killing of the girl in Kashmir had been known about for months, the public backlash erupted after the charge sheet giving gruesome details of the crime was finally filed last week. The girl is around 11 years old.

The weekend's protests, which echoed mass rallies against sexual violence in 2012, are piling pressure on Modi, who faces general elections due by May 2019, and he has promised to take action.

"The body was recovered on April 6 by the side of a highway and according to a post mortem report, the girl was sexually assaulted and murdered on April 5", Sharma said.

In the western Gujarati city of Surat, where the latest case took place, men and women held a silent candlelight march.

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