The rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir was on Monday raised in the House of Lords by a Pakistani-origin peer, who called on the UK government to intervene to bring perpetrators of human rights abuses in the region to justice, reports said.
Pakistani-origin peer Lord Nazir Ahmed, a staunch critic of the Indian government, raised the issue in the Upper House of the UK Parliament.
The body of the Kathua girl was found in Rasana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.
She was raped by six men who had held her in captivity in a village temple for a week in January. The victim was drugged, raped repeatedly before being bludgeoned to death.
On 23 January, the government had handed over the case to the Crime Branch which formed a special investigation team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable. The United Nations has also taken note of the case with its chief Antonio Guterres expressing hope that the authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal crime to justice.
“I think we’ve seen the media reports of this horrific case, of the abuse and the murder of a young girl. We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl,” Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujjaric told reporters at his daily press briefing on Friday.