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Indian cousins found hanging from tree after gang-rape: Police

Published on May 29, 2014 10:35 PM
 
Indian protesters hold candles during a rally in New Delhi after the death of a gang rape victim from the Indian capital on on Dec 29, 2012. Two teenage girls have been found hanging from a tree in a northern Indian village after they were gang-raped by five men, police said on May 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LUCKNOW, India (AFP) - Two teenage girls have been found hanging from a tree in a northern Indian village after they were gang-raped by five men, police said Thursday, in a brutal attack highlighting the country's poor record on sexual violence.

Police have arrested one man over the attack on the cousins, aged 14 and 15 and from the lowest Dalit caste, who were discovered hanging on Wednesday morning in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh state.

A post-mortem report indicated the cousins hanged themselves late Tuesday after being attacked, police said. The girls had earlier walked into a field to go to the toilet because they didn't have one in their home when they were set upon, according to local media reports.

"The report suggests ante-mortem hanging, which means the girls probably committed suicide. But we will take into account all aspects before coming to a conclusion," Atul Saxena, Budaun police chief, told AFP.

 
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