Anand Mahindra's Rare Outburst As 9-Year-Old Is Raped, Killed In Surat

On Sunday, after NDTV reported how another 9-year-old had been raped, killed in Gujarat's Surat, Anand Mahindra tweeted his anger.

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Anand Mahindra's Rare Outburst As 9-Year-Old Is Raped, Killed In Surat

Anand Mahindra tweeted in anger after the rape and brutal murder of a 9-year-old in Surat.

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. Another girl raped, brutally killed in Surat amid huge outrage over rapes
  2. Anand Mahindra tweets sharply against incident
  3. Citizens' groups across India protested against rapes on Sunday
As anger and grief surge through India over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua, industrialist Anand Mahindra reflected that sentiment in an unusually sharp tweet.

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.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.

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.

Citizens' groups organised protests across the country - including New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru - on Sunday while thousands of people have taken to social media to seek justice for the girls.

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.

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