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Jammu policemen face charges over Asifa’s rape, killing

Court filing by police lays bare circumstances of eight-year-old Muslim girl's death in mainly Hindu district of Kathua.

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The rape and murder of Asifa has sparked protests in Kashmir [Yawar Nazir/Getty Images]

A retired government official and four policemen have been charged over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The retired official, Sanji Ram, ordered his nephew and a policeman to kidnap the girl, Asifa, in January to terrorise members of her nomadic Bakerwal community into leaving Kathua district in the region’s mainly Hindu Jammu division, according to a court filing.

The girl was heavily sedated, kept in a Hindu temple, and gang-raped by at least three men over the course of four days in mid-January, the police said in the charge sheet made public on Tuesday.

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