Indian protesters seek end to sexual violence against women

Indian women shout slogans during a protest gathering organised by a non governmental organization to condemn violence against women in Dharmsala, Ind

Indian women hold placards during a protest gathering organised by a non governmental organization to condemn violence against women in Dharmsala, Ind

Indian women shout slogans during a protest after gathering in front of a temple of Hindu god Hanunan, to condemn violence against women in Dharmsala,

Lawyers participate in a candle light procession in protest against the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl, in Jammu, India, Saturday, April 14, 20

Lawyers participate in a protest against the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl, in Jammu, India, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The girl was grazing he

Lawyers participate in a protest against the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl, in Jammu, India, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The girl was grazing he

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of people have protested across India to seek an end to sexual violence against women.

Protesters marched in New Delhi, Mumbai and other cities on Sunday to show their anger and express solidarity with victims of sexual violence.

The outrage was triggered by the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in India's portion of Kashmir and the abduction and rape of a teenage girl in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state.

Violent crimes against women have been on the rise in India despite tough laws enacted in 2013. In 2012, the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi triggered massive protests by hundreds of thousands to demand stricter rape laws in India.