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India polls: Woman alleges gang-rape punishment for election work

Published on Apr 29, 2014 4:45 PM
 

PATNA (AFP) - A Muslim woman in eastern India has alleged she was gang-raped by more than a dozen men because of her work helping the Hindu nationalist opposition in ongoing elections, police said Tuesday.

The woman from Jharkhand state has filed a complaint with police that a mob attacked her in her home on Monday and also assaulted her 13-year-old daughter. Her husband was allegedly handcuffed during the attack.

Anurag Gupta, a senior officer and spokesman for Jharkhand police, confirmed an investigation had started but said it was too soon to confirm her allegations of a political motive for the attack.

"An investigation from all angles is on and it is very difficult at present to say the exact reason behind the incident," Gupta told AFP.

 
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