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India’s Supreme Court orders special trials for child rape cases

Indian Muslim women hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the recent rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, in Chennai (Photo by: ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Sarwar Alam

India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday (1) called for fast-track investigations and special courts to hear child rape cases amid an upsurge in deadly sex crimes. Authorities have been facing intense pressure to act since the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl by a group of Hindus, and other cases. After the rape of the girl in Jammu and Kashmir state made national headlines last month, the government changed the law so that child rapists can face execution. A Supreme Court bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra said Tuesday that trial courts must not grant unnecessary adjournments in…

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