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Court gives life term to three men for child rape, murder in Jammu and Kashmir: lawyer

Reuters 2019-06-10 06:42:00

PATHANKOT, India (Reuters) - An Indian court on Monday sentenced three men to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state last year, a lawyer for the defence said, in a case that sparked outrage across the country.

Three other men also convicted in the case were given a five-year prison sentence, lawyer Vinod Mahajan told reporters outside the courtroom in the northern town of Pathankot.

The girl, from a nomadic Muslim community that roams the forests of Kashmir, was drugged, held captive in a temple and sexually assaulted for a week before being strangled and battered to death with a stone in January 2018.