Eight Hindu men accused of the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in a case that has fuelled vicious religious divisions in India have pleaded not guilty.
At the men’s first court appearance, the judge adjourned the case to hear a petition from the lawyer representing the victim’s family to have the trial held elsewhere because of fears for her safety.
Before the trial, the lawyer said she herself had been threatened with rape and death for taking up the case.
“I was threatened yesterday that ‘we will not forgive you’. I am going to tell the Supreme Court that I am in danger,” said Deepika Singh Rawat. She has fought for a proper investigation since the murder in January.
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