New shocking details of an alleged brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl have emerged. Asifa Bano was allegedly abused for days before she was drugged, strangled and stoned to death inside a Hindu temple in Kashmir, India, in January.




So far eight Hindu males – including four police officers, a retired government official and a child – have been arrested over the brutal gang rape and murder of the Muslim girl. Officers believe the suspects may have been trying to force a Muslim nomad tribe the girl belonged to from Jammu because of a land dispute.

8 year old girl, ‘gang raped in Hindu temple before being stoned to death’

Asifa Bano. raped, strangled and stoned to death inside a Hindu temple.

A police charge sheet reportedly claimed retired government official Sanji Ram, 60, made his nephew kidnap the girl ‘who often came to the forests behind their house for grazing her horses’. The report added: ‘On January 10, the juvenile saw the girl asking about her horses. ‘He told her that, he had seen her horses and led her to the jungle.

8 year old girl, ‘gang raped in Hindu temple before being stoned to death’

People hold placards during a candle-light protest calling for justice following the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl, in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 13 April 2018. According to police, a nomadic Gujjar child was raped and murdered in Kathua district of Jammu region in January 2018. The Crime Branch of Police has filed a charge sheet of the case in a local court and indicted eight people in the case. EPA/FAROOQ KHAN

8 year old girl, ‘gang raped in Hindu temple before being stoned to death’

An Indian women holds a poster and participates in a candle light procession in protest against the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

‘Sensing some trouble, Asifa Bano tried to flee but the juvenile caught her by her neck and covered her mouth with one of his hands as she fell on the ground. ‘The victim fell unconscious and was raped by the juvenile (in the jungle). ‘[Another man] joined in and raped her again. ‘They took her to the temple and kept her inside a prayer hall under the table, covering her with the plastic mats. ‘[The accused] opened the prayer hall and again sedated the girl by pushing sedatives into her mouth and forced her to drink water subsequently. ‘On January 11 the juvenile informed another accused about the kidnapping of the girl telephonically and asked him to return from Meerut in case he wanted to join them for fun.’

8 year old girl, ‘gang raped in Hindu temple before being stoned to death’

Indian Police personnel manage activists as they protest against the alleged rapes Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, in New Delhi, India, 12 April 2018. According to news reports, Indian activists protested against the alleged rapes in Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and also protested to demand to take actions against the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) lawmakers for allegedly defending the rape-accused. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

8 year old girl, ‘gang raped in Hindu temple before being stoned to death’

Asifa Bano’s family had reported her missing to the police after she disappeared from a village 45 miles east of Jammu city on January 10. Her father, Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala said the police were not helpful, and claimed one of them said Asifa must have ‘eloped’ with a boy.

8 year old girl, ‘gang raped in Hindu temple before being stoned to death’

A girl holds a banner as Indian activists hold placards that read in Hindi ‘Indian Government take stern action against the rapists’

8 year old girl, ‘gang raped in Hindu temple before being stoned to death’

Asifa Bano was found dead five days later in a wooded area in Kathua city. The murder has led to demonstrations across India, with hundreds of thousands people calling for justice for the Asifa. The incident has caused tension between Hindus and Muslims, with the attack seen as religiously motivated.