Six men were convicted in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old.
Asifa Bano was abducted from her Muslim nomadic community in India in January 2019. She lived with her family in the disputed region of Kashmir.
Parts are governed by India and others by Pakistan and China. Muslims in the Indian-run regions are a religious minority in the country and often face persecution from hardline Hindu groups.
Asifa’s murder drew international attention and protests. It also led the Indian Parliament to enact the death penalty for rapists whose victims are younger than 12 years old. Reports of sexual violence have been on the rise in India over the past decade.
Asifa’s case also heightened tensions around Kashmir, which has been claimed by India and Pakistan since the 1947 partition of India.
Three men were sentenced to life in prison for the rape and murder. The crime was reportedly plotted with police to terrorize the Muslim community. Three police officers were also found guilty of destroying evidence. The family’s lawyer called the verdict “a victory for truth.”