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Kathua rape case: J&K to amend law to make death penalty mandatory for rapists of minors
The brutal rape, mutilation and murder of 8-year-old Asifa Bano that took place in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district has sent shock waves across the country.

Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti, on Thursday, tweeted that the state will amend the law to make death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors. Mufti assured people that she is committed to the cause and would ensure exemplary punishment for the guilty.

Asifa had been kidnapped on January 10 while grazing ponies near her home. She was sedated and then raped for days by a group that included police officers. The girl wasn't even given food during her ordeal. The crime took place inside a temple.

According to the charge-sheet submitted by the police in court, just as the killer was going to bash the head of the victim with a rock, one of the police officers asked him to wait so that he could rape the child one more time.

Eight people have been arrested for the heinous crime including a retired revenue department official who wanted to instill fear among the Bakherwal nomads, the community to which the victim belonged, as he wanted to drive them out of the area. The Rassana area in which the incident took place is Hindu dominated where only a few Muslim families live.

Asifa's mutilated body was found in the forests on January 17. Shockingly, her family wasn't allowed to bury her body in their own village.

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