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Father of India girls who were gang raped, murdered demands justice

Published on Jun 1, 2014 7:26 PM
 
Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi (right) talks to the grieving father of a rape victim as he wipes his face with a scarf, during Mr Gandhi's visit to Katra Shahadatgunj in Badaun district, India's Uttar Pradesh state, on May 31, 2014. The father of one of two girls that were gang raped and lynched in northern India said on Sunday he had refused compensation from the state government he blamed for failing to stop the horrendous crime. -- PHOTO: AFP

KATRA SHAHADATGANJ, India (AFP) - The father of one of two girls that were gang raped and lynched in northern India said on Sunday he had refused compensation from the state government he blamed for failing to stop the horrendous crime.

The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he only wanted justice for the men who attacked his daughter and niece, aged 14 and 12, who were found hanging from a tree on Wednesday.

The father made the comments after a string of politicians descended on the dirt-poor village in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh amid growing uproar over the attacks.

"We have only made one demand from each politician who has visited us in the last two days: We want justice," he told AFP. "We want the same treatment to the accused that they gave to our daughters - they should be hung from a tree."

 
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