Six men have been convicted, three of whom were sentenced to five years in prison, over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim nomadic tribe in India-administered Kashmir's Kathua district.
Crowds holding placards and chanting "death to the rapist" called for the man arrested over the assault to be hanged in several demonstrations across the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh state.
The self-defence training of school girls across New Delhi assumes special significance in the backdrop of the recent rape cases in the country that made headlines around the world.
The move comes amid nationwide outrage over brutal rape of 8-year-old Muslim girl in a Hindu-dominated area of Jammu and Kashmir state.
In the latest case, the child's body was found on a building site in Uttar Pradesh state, as public outrage and protests grow over horrific crimes against women and minors.
A lawyer for the accused said the men have pleaded not guilty and are willing to take a lie-detector test. The court adjourned the case for procedural reasons until April 28.
Investigators into the crime, that has hightened tension in Indian-administered Kashmir, say that four police offers sought to cover up the abduction, gang-rape and murder of eight-year old Asifa Bano.
Human Rights Watch says "widespread sexual violence against women and girls, and sexual attacks on men" were committed by men in uniform during the Kenyan election.
Amnesty International says the escalation of fighting in South Sudan's Equatoria region has led to increased brutality against civilians.
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