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5/30/2014 (10 months ago)

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Outrage brews over latest attack in Uttar Pradesh state

In a nation struggling to find equity among the sexes another horrific sexual attack on young females has shaken India. There has been one arrest and police are looking for four other suspects after two teenage girls were gang-raped and then hanged from a tree in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Sexual crimes and violence against young girls and women are widespread in India. Female advocates say that Indian women from poor, marginalized, low-caste communities are often the victims.

Sexual crimes and violence against young girls and women are widespread in India. Female advocates say that Indian women from poor, marginalized, low-caste communities are often the victims.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/30/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: India, rape, hanging, teenage girls


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The two female cousins, 14 and 15 years of age went missing from their village home in Uttar Pradesh's Budaun district. They were last seen going out to use the toilet facilities Tuesday night. 

Villagers then found the bodies of the two teenage girls hanging from a mango tree in a nearby orchard.

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"We have registered a case under various sections, including that of rape, and one of the accused has been taken into custody. There were five people involved, one has been arrested and we are looking for the others," Budaun's Superintendent of Police Man Singh Chouhan says.

An autopsy confirmed that the two girls were raped and died from the injuries sustained in the hanging. DNA samples have been also been taken to help identity the perpetrators.

In the meantime, the victim's families say the girls were gang-raped and then hanged by five men from the village. They says that the local police were shielding the attackers as they refused to take action when the girls were first reported missing.

Angry villagers took the hanging corpses and blocked a nearby highway with the bodies in protest. Police registered a case of rape and murder. A case of conspiracy has also been registered against two constables.

Sexual crimes and violence against young girls and women are widespread in India. Female advocates say that Indian women from poor, marginalized, low-caste communities are often the victims.

A report by the Asian Center for Human Rights in April last year said 48,338 child rape cases were recorded in India from 2001 to 2011, and the annual number of reported cases had risen more than fourfold - 336 percent - over that period.

An archaic, poorly funded and insensitive criminal justice system also under-serves these victims of violent crime.

Police often try to dissuade victims from complaining and suggest a "compromise" between the victim and the perpetrator, largely because of their insensitivity to sex crimes, but also because police officials are rarely held accountable.

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