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Protests erupt across India over rape of children

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PROTESTS across India have called upon the government to do more to protect girls and women from sexual assault following a string of gruesome rape cases involving children.

Demonstrators called for justice in several cities last week and over the weekend, echoing the mass rallies against sexual violence in 2012 and piling pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has pledged to take action.

In the southern city of Thiruvananthapuram, protesters formed a human chain, while in Mumbai, hundreds, including film celebrities, called for the death penalty for rapists. In New Delhi they called for rape trials to be completed in six months.

#NotInMyname #Justiceforunnao #JusticeForAsifa Delhi speaks out pic.twitter.com/uTtmenJW3H

— Suneeta Kar Dhar (@suneetadhar) April 15, 2018

Some minority rights campaigners claimed that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has failed to respond to “atrocities” perpetrated by right-wing Hindu nationalists, reported The Hindu. They say women are inadequately protected despite the law, and that women members of the government are not speaking out.

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In the western Gujarati city of Surat, where the latest case took place, men and women held a silent candlelight march. Gujarat is Modi’s........

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