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Men flee India gang-rape village as outrage intensifies

Published on Jan 24, 2014 6:23 PM
 
Suspects in a gang-rape case are led by police to a district courthouse in Bolpur of Birdhum district, some 240km north-west of Kolkata, on Friday, Jan 24, 2014. Male residents fled an Indian village on Friday after the alleged gang-rape of a young woman on the orders of tribal elders as police told of how locals tried to prevent her from reporting her ordeal. -- PHOTO: AFP

SUBALPUR (AFP) - Male residents fled an Indian village Friday after the alleged gang-rape of a young woman on the orders of tribal elders as police told of how locals tried to prevent her from reporting her ordeal.

A total of 13 men have been arrested over the assault on the 20-year-old which was allegedly as punishment for "dishonouring" her community, a scattering of mud huts set amid palm trees and fields of rice and mustard.

Her ordeal on Tuesday night, when she was taken to a thatched shed and repeatedly assaulted for a relationship she was having with a Muslim man, has rekindled the outrage in India over the treatment of women.

Neighbours described the victim as a charming woman and said she planned to marry the Muslim companion.

 
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