Jharkhand: Gang-rape and murder of minor girl, 14 arrested

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CBS News also notes that India has experienced several sexual assault cases since 2012, when a woman was raped by several men on a New Dehli bus, sparking worldwide outrage.

According to reports, before setting the girl on fire on Friday, the accused and his henchmen thrashed the girl's parents during a hearing at the village panchayat.

Taking to Twitter Chief Minister Raghubar Das wrote, "Am pained by the heartbreaking incident that took place in Chatra".

On the night of the incidence, the girl was alone at her home, as everyone else had gone to attend a marriage function.

Neighbors heard the girl crying for help and rescued her, taking her to the hospital, Barnwal said.

"Fifteen people have been arrested and a hunt is on to nab the remaining", Jharkhand's Inspector General of police Ashish Batra told Reuters.

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The teenager was abducted from her home in Jharkhand state on Thursday and raped in a forest while her family was away at a wedding, police said. The girl, widely referred to as Nirbhaya - meaning "fearless" in Hindi - was hurt so severely that some internal organs had to be removed, and she died two weeks after the attack.

District Magistrate Jitendera Singh said police were searching for the main suspect in the case.

The gang-rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir state is set to be raised in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Protesters backing the Hindu suspects threw stones at the auto of a Jammu and Kashmir state minister, Sham Lal Chaudhary, on Sunday, demanding a new inquiry into the case, media reports said.

In her opinion, the village elders can be expected to be released soon, since the police only usually take statements from them without attempting to lay any charges. They took her to a secluded place and raped her.

Rape is a serious problem in India, with 40,000 rape reports having been filed in 2016, and many suspected to go unreported.

Amid mounting outrage, the government has changed the law to allow execution for child rapists.