Murder of an 8-year-old Indian Muslim girl, after she was abducted and brutally gang-raped for three consecutive days by two to three men from the dominant Hindu sect, in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, has sparked outrage among people in the South Asian country.
Several parts of the country also broke in a fit of religious riots over the issue. "Her lips were bitten. There were marks of violence including burns on her thigh and face, and her legs had been broken with some heavy objects,” her father Muhammad Yousuf said, adding the women who gave Bano a ceremonial bath before her burial "confirmed that her genitals were mutilated."
Bano who belonged to a family of nomadic shepherds of the Bakharwal community, went missing on January 10 from Rasana village, some 72km east of Jammu city. According to her family, she had gone to the forest to graze some horses. The horses returned but she didn't.