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Five suspects in custody over India cousins gang rape

Published on May 31, 2014 6:02 PM
The mothers of gang-rape victims and villagers stand in front of the tree where the bodies of the two girls were found hanging, in Katra Shahadatgunj in Badaun district, India's Uttar Pradesh state, on May 31, 2014. Five men have been arrested over the gang-rape and deaths of the two girls, police said on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHAHADATGUNJ, India (AFP) - Five men have been arrested over the gang-rape and deaths of two girls found hanging from a mango tree in a northern Indian village, police said on Saturday.

The discovery of the two cousins, aged 14 and 12, in the Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday is the latest sexual violence case to have stirred national outrage.

"Rape on both the girls has been confirmed. The cause of their death was asphyxia," Budaun district police superintendent Atul Saxena said. Mr Saxena said preliminary cases had been filed against five men who were all being held in custody.

Three are accused of rape while two policemen face charges of conniving with criminals and neglecting their duties.

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