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India gang rape victim, family placed under police protection

Published on Jan 26, 2014 4:39 PM
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Villagers walk near the area where a woman was gang-raped at Birbhum district, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal on Jan 24, 2014. A 20-year-old woman who says she was gang-raped in an tribal region on orders of a village court has been placed under police protection, along with her family, and will be relocated after being ostracised by villagers, officials said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KOLKATA (REUTERS) - A 20-year-old woman who says she was gang-raped in an tribal region on orders of a village court has been placed under police protection, along with her family, and will be relocated after being ostracised by villagers, officials said on Sunday.

The case has made waves in India, underscoring how sexual violence has become a huge social and political issue after the rape and murder of a physiotherapist on a moving bus in Delhi in Dec 2012, an attack that sparked nationwide demonstrations.

The tribal woman, recovering in hospital, has told police she was assaulted on Monday night in the Birbhum district of West Bengal state in eastern India as punishment for having a relationship with a man from a different community. Police said they had arrested 13 men suspected of involvement.

"The girl wants to go back to another village where her uncle lives in the same district," West Bengal Women and Child Welfare Minister Shashi Panja told Reuters.

 
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