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Sexual harassment and assault

Protesters in India demand death penalty for suspects accused of raping 7-year-old girl

The girl was allegedly abducted while waiting to be picked up from school by her parents

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 July, 2018, 6:09am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 July, 2018, 6:09am

Hundreds of people blocked streets and shut down businesses in parts of Central India to protest the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl.

The protesters on Saturday demanded the death penalty for two suspects arrested on suspicion of raping the girl and trying to slit her throat with a knife on Tuesday in Mandsaur, a town in Madhya Pradesh state.

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She was allegedly abducted while waiting to be picked up from school by her parents. Police officer Manoj Kumar Singh says the girl is in a stable condition in a hospital.

Crimes against women in India have been rising despite tougher laws. India has been shaken by a series of sexual assaults since 2012, when a student was gang-raped and murdered on a moving New Delhi bus.