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Christian Family in India Charged with Murder After Defending Daughter from Rape Attack

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India – Four members of a Christian family in Gujrat, India have been charged with murder after defending their daughter from sexual assault. According to a local political leader, the family has been denied the “right to defend” themselves by police.
According to Ahsan Masih Sindhu, a local political leader in Gujrat, Arvind kumar and two companions, all Hindus, attacked the home of Bahadur Masih on August 16. Wielding a knife, Kumar and his companions attempted to rape Masih’s 26-year-old daughter Rachel, but were stopped by Masih and other family members.
“Since the Christian family was defending themselves, Kumar also got some injuries,” Sindhu reported. “The family handed Khan over to police and he got medical treatment. However, he later died in police custody.”
Later that day, police arrested four members of the Masih family and charged them with murdering Kumar. Other members of the family have reportedly gone into hiding because they are facing threats of violence from Kumar’s relatives.
“We are sad about the death of kumar, however, the Christian family did have the right to defend,” Sindhu explained. “The police must conduct a fair investigation into this incident.”
Women from religious minority communities in India are often the targets of sexual violence because their lower status as minorities make them easy targets. According to a study done by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace India in 2014, 1,000 Christian and Hindu women and girls are abducted, raped, forcefully converted Islam, and forcefully married to their rapist each year.

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