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The government statistics understate the number of rapes as it is still considered a taboo to report rape in some parts of India, and because rapes that end in murder are counted purely as murders.

So far, police brutality has resulted in the deaths of at least 25 people who were protesting against the anti-Muslim citizenship law.

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Critics say the proposed survey and recently passed citizenship law, which excludes Muslims, will marginalize India’s 200 million Muslim citizens.

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The new measure follows the revocation of the special status of India's Muslim-majority Kashmir region and a court ruling clearing the way for the construction of a Hindu temple on the site of a mosque razed by Hindu zealots.

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Judge Dharmesh Sharma said as he read the verdict he found the victim’s statement “truthful and unblemished that she was sexually assaulted.”

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Since the new law was voted in on Dec. 11, protests across India have not stopped, with a death toll already reaching six people.

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The move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government faced stiff resistance from opposition parties, minority groups and student bodies, with some calling it discriminatory against Muslims.

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