SRINAGAR -UNS : Men killed eight-year-old Asifa Bano after raping her inside a temple in Indian-administered Kashmir, said a report by Special Investigation Team of Crime Branch, Jammu and Kashmir Police.
The body was found January 17 from bushes in the forest seven days after she went missing, Rising Kashmir reported.
Asifa was abducted in the forest area of Rasana, Hiranagar, in Jammu’s Kathua district on January 10. She was taken to a temple, where men kept her for days, drugged and gang-raped her. Later, they killed her.
After her family lodged a complaint on January 12, the police arrested eight men, including a retired government official, four police officers and a juvenile.
On 23 January, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, ordered an inquiry by crime branch, a special unit of the state police.
Asifa’s parents wanted to bury her in their traditional graveyard. According to a BBC report, her father said that Hindu right-wing activists surrounded them and threatened them with violence if they were to continue with the burial. They then buried the child in another village.
The main accused are former revenue official Shanji Ram, 60, his juvenile nephew, and son Vishal, and Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria, reported Rising Kashmir.