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India: six men jailed over child rape

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In India, six men were jailed over child rape on Tuesday.

According BBC, three men have been jailed for life for the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Three police officers were found guilty of destroying evidence and sentenced to five years in prison.

The eight-year-old girl, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest near Kathua city in January 2018.

The case sparked widespread anger and made headlines when Hindu right-wing groups protested over the men’s arrest.

Eight people, including a former government official, four policemen and a minor, were charged in connection with the crime. One of them has been acquitted and the minor is set to be tried separately.

According to government crime figures up to 2016, a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes in India and there has been a steady rise in offences against children.

India is home to the largest number of sexually abused children in the world.

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