The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India.Rahul Gandhi, the chief of the main opposition congress party, led a candlelight march in Delhi on Thursday night.

More protests have been planned to bring attention to brutal crimes against women in India.The body of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January near Kathua in Occupied Kashmir.

The story made national headlines this week after Hindu right-wing groups protested the arrest of the accused, who also belonged to a Hindu community.

People are angry that a gruesome crime has become a religious flashpoint.Police have arrested eight men, including a retired government official, four police officers and a juvenile in connection with Asifa’s death.

Some people also highlight another rape case in which a lawmaker of PM Narendra Modi’s BJP Party is accused of raping a 16-year-old in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.