Sexual violence

Shock and despair

Print edition : May 11, 2018

A protest against the rapes in Kathua and Unnao, at Carter Road in Mumbai on April 15. Photo: Prashant Waydande

Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Lal Singh, who resigned from the State Cabinet over the Kathua rape case, leading a rally demanding a new probe into the case by the Central Bureau of Investigation, in Jammu on April 19. Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP

Lawyers protesting against the Jammu and Kashmir government during a shutdown in Jammu on April 11. Among their various demands was one to hand over the Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI. Photo: Channi Anand/AP

Supporters of BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, the Unnao rape accused, holding placards saying “My MLA is innocent”, in Lucknow on April 11. Photo: Shubham Nigam

The temple in Kathua in which, according to the police, an eight-year-old girl was held captive for a week and raped before being murdered in January. Picture taken on April 12. Photo: REUTERS

As outrageous as the sexual violence against minor girls in Kathua and Unnao are Bharatiya Janata Party leaders’ involvement in the crimes and defence of the culprits.
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