Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to face angry protesters after he arrived in London on Wednesday amid a rise in sexual violence against women in India, including the brutal rape of an eight year old girl in Kathua district of Kashmir.
According to a Reuters report, protesters gathered outside the Dowing Street and parliament as Modi arrived to meet Prime Minister Theresa May. They were holding placards which read ‘Modi go home’ and ‘we stand against Modi’s agenda of hate and greed’.
Modi later responded at an event in front of thousands of Indian, saying the rape cases were “a matter of great concern”, had brought “shame” on the country and called for the perpetrators to be outed.
“The Indian government are doing nothing, and you feel sorry for the families because of the total injustice of it all,” Navindra Singh, an Indian-born lawyer who lives in Britain told Reuters.
“He has been in power for four years now and there has been no policy change to help protect women and children.”
The gangrape and murder of the eight-year-old girl, who belonged to nomadic Muslim community, took place in the Kathua district in January. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.
Eight accused have been arrested in the case, and have pleaded not guilty. The lawyer of the accused has also said that they are ready for a narco test.
The lawyer of the victim, Deepika Singh Rajawat has said that she fears for her life and could get killed or raped. She also added that the she is facing a social boycott and is being called ‘anti-Hindu’ for taking up the case.
According to a report published in The Times of India, the father sought security for the victim’s family and lawyers representing them.
Moreover, the victim’s father has moved a plea in the Supreme Court asking for the transfer of the case to Chandigarh.
The Supreme Court on Monday had asked Jammu and Kashmir court to reply by April 27 whether a plea to transfer the Kathua rape and murder case from the state’s courts to Chandigarh should be allowed.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said that the trial won’t be shifted outside the state and is likely to be conducted in a Jammu court on fast track basis.
The Minister for law, Abdul Haq Khan told English Daily Greater Kashmir that the Jammu and Kashmir Government was committed to a fair and speedy trial in the case. He said there were more than 100 witnesses in the case who would not be able to travel outside the state for deposition.