A group of protesters from the rebel faction of India’s Supreme Court has challenged the conviction of a man on the charge of rape and murder of a woman.
The court, however, has refused to take the case, a ruling that has led to a rift in the countrys ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
Rape and murder is the crime in which a woman is sexually assaulted and then killed by her husband or someone close to her.
The crime is also known as marital rape.
A woman’s right to life and freedom of movement are also under attack.
The Supreme Court last year convicted the rebel commander of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect of the rape and killing of a 15-year-old girl in 2002.
He was jailed for seven years.
On Monday, the activists who have been challenging the conviction appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the trial court was “entitled” to decide whether to hear the case.
The Supreme Court had ruled in August that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against the man.
The petitioners have asked the court to direct the trial judge to retry the case and also to consider whether the trial was fair.
The group of activists said the case “is inadmissible and therefore void.”
The case against Ambedkar was filed in July 2016, after the woman died in a house fire at his residence in the southern city of Goa.
In the petition, the group of women, known as the Ambedkaris, claimed that the man who attacked the woman in 2003 and was convicted of the crime has been “tortured and abused” by the women’s family for the past six decades.
They said that the case was politically motivated and that the accused had been arrested in 2004 after a political rally.
“It is against the Indian constitution, against the principles of justice and democracy that we have to fight for justice,” Ambedar told Reuters in an interview.
“The Supreme Courts has to be fair and the judges have to be impartial.
This case has been filed in a politically motivated manner.”
The protesters also asked the Supreme Judge to order a retrial.
Ambedkar died in 2013 after a long battle with cancer.
The case has raised questions about whether the ruling Bharatat Ratna, which awards the top political post to the chief justice of India, has an independent judiciary and whether judges are independent from political considerations.