Protesters rally against Modi during May visit, as rape cases rock India

Hundreds of protesters rallied as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in London, demonstrating over an increase in sexual violence currently blighting India.

Demonstrators waved placards adorned with the faces of victims and rallied outside parliament and Downing Street, where Modi is set to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Protesters held signs reading “Modi go home” and “We stand against Modi’s agenda of hate and greed.”

The protest was instigated after two particularly brutal rapes were reported in India. In the unconnected cases, police officers and a politician are respectively under investigation. The incidents have led to widespread protests across India.

An eight-year-old Muslim girl from the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir was kidnapped, drugged and raped repeatedly at a Hindu temple, during an ordeal that lasted several days and culminated in her murder.

Six men – two of whom are police officers – have appeared in court over the attack. Another two officers are facing charges of attempting to destroy evidence. A violent protest in defense of the accused, organized by the right-wing group the ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ broke out. The demonstrations involved several of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers. read more..