Amid national outrage over string of brutal gangrapes and murders of minor girls in the country, a body of a 9-year-old girl was discovered inside a bag in Haryana’s Rohtak on Monday.The body in the bag was found thrown in an open drain, news agency ANI has reported.The police have reached the spot and started the initial investigation.The incident comes on a day when the trial of Kathua gangrape-murder will begun in Jammu today.In that case, an eight-year-old was held captive, sedated, brutally gangraped and then murdered in January earlier this year.Eight people including two policemen have been charged in the case.On Sunday, there were nation-wide protests against the heinous crimes in Kathua, Unnao and Surat.Activists have accused the authorities of failing to protect women and of moving too slowly to investigate and arrest perpetrators.On Friday midnight, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and other party leaders held a candlelight vigil at the India Gate in the national capital to demand strict action in Unnao and Kathua rape cases.The protests were fuelled in part by the arrest of a lawmaker from the BJP last week in connection with the rape of a teenager in Uttar Pradesh, which the ruling party governs.The United Nations is among the international bodies that have condemned the bleak scenario of women safety.”We are deeply concerned about the prevalence of gender-based violence, including sexual violence against women and girls, which we are witnessing in India,” Yuri Afanasiev, the UN resident coordinator in India, said in a statement last week.India registered about 40,000 rape cases in 2016, up from 25,000 in 2012, government data show. Rights activists say thousands more go unreported.(With agency input)
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