- Another girl raped, brutally killed in Surat amid huge outrage over rapes
- Anand Mahindra tweets sharply against incident
- Citizens' groups across India protested against rapes on Sunday
After NDTV reported that the body of an 11-year-old girl - bearing over 80 wounds - was raped and murdered in Gujarat's Surat, Mr Mahindra tweeted:
The exceptionally sharp words found bitter echoes on Twitter.
The job of executioner is not an aspirational job. But for the execution of brutal rapists & murderers of young girls I would volunteer unhesitatingly. I work hard to stay calm, but my blood boils over to see this happen in our country.. https://t.co/1VXD5QfYKA- anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 15, 2018
You'll have to get in line Anand- atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) April 15, 2018
Your entire army of 6.6 million followers will be ready to be a part of this great deed.- Dinesh Joshi (@dineshjoshi70) April 15, 2018
India has seen massive public outrage - reminiscent of the nationwide protests in 2012 that followed the fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in Delhi - with details of the rape and murder of the 8-year-old in Kathua proving a tipping point.
Would be more than happy to give you a hand if ever you get a chance chief !- Andy Charles (@andymcharles) April 15, 2018
The police chargesheet said the child had been drugged, starved and repeatedly gangraped for a week after her abduction on January 10. The chargesheet also said before her head was bashed with a stone, one of the assailants - a police officer - had asked the killer to wait so he could rape the child for one last time.
Among the eight persons arrested in the case are four police officers.
Days before the gory details emerged, another young girl from Unnao had tried to commit suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minster Yogi Adityanath's house. She said she had been raped by a BJP lawmaker and his brother a year ago and had been running from pillar to post for justice. A day late, her father, who had been mercilessly thrashed for his refusal to withdraw the case, died. The lawmaker's brother was arrested in the case of assault.
India registered about 40,000 rape cases in 2016, up from 25,000 in 2012, according to government data. Thousands more go unreported, activists say.
Earlier this week, Maneka Gandhi, the minister for women and child development, said her ministry planned to propose the death penalty for the rape of children younger than 12. The maximum punishment now is life imprisonment.