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New autopsy of gang-raped Indian girls due on Sunday: Official

Published on Jul 17, 2014 11:31 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A second autopsy on the bodies of two teenage girls found hanging from a tree in northern India after being gang-raped should take place this weekend on police orders, an official said on Thursday.

The brutal rape and killing of the two cousins, aged 14 and 15, in an impoverished village in Uttar Pradesh state in May, sparked public outrage after the family complained of police apathy towards them because they came from a lower caste.

India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has taken charge of the case, will most likely re-examine the girls' bodies on Sunday on the recommendation of a medical team due to shortcomings in the first procedure.

"Tentatively, the exhumation may take place on July 20 subject to approval from appropriate authorities," CBI spokesman Kanchan Prasad said, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

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