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File photo of Calcutta University students staging a demonstration demanding justice for the Kathua murder and rape victim, April 19. (IANS photo)

The brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl from a semi-nomadic Muslim community has sent shock waves in India.

What caused such outrage was not only the heinous crime but the attitude of India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party who defended the men accused of the crime.

The young girl was abducted and imprisoned in a Hindu temple where she was drugged, starved and gang raped repeatedly before being murdered.

One of the accused, a police officer, reportedly asked his co-conspirators to delay the killing so he could rape her one more time.

As the details of the crime trickled down to social media, people responded with mounting outrage demanding that the two ministers who backed the perpetrators of the crime resign. Prime Minister Modi finally responded and denounced the perpetrators and fired the ministers who organized the march.

Many who voted for Modi are disappointed for his delay in condemning sectarian and sexual violence and hate speech by his party colleagues and ministers.

Jagjit Singh

Los Altos, Calif.

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