Muslim rape-murder case in India disrupted by Hindu groups

Source: The Guardian

Arrest of temple custodian leads to confrontation between police and dozens of Hindu lawyers

A protest over the murder
 A protest on Wednesday against the rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa Bano (signs use an alternative spelling of the girl’s first name) in Kathua, India. Photograph: Dar Yasin/AP

When police in northern India went to court to lodge a charge sheet on Monday, they were confronted by dozens of lawyers determined to keep them out.

The lawyers were Hindus. The charges, which police managed to lodge only after calling backup, implicated eight men in the rape and murder of a Muslim child.

The killing of eight year-old Asifa Bano, details of which were released on Wednesday, and ongoing efforts by Hindu groups to disrupt the police investigation have sickened many Indians and deepened concerns about a growing sense of impunity among religious nationalists.

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