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New Delhi seeks report on grisly rape, hanging of teens

Published on May 30, 2014 7:53 PM
 
A picture made available on May 30, 2014, showing villagers and policemen gathered where two teenage cousins were found hanging from a mango tree in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh, India, May 28, 2014. India's new home minister weighed in on Friday in a grisly case in which two teenage girls were raped and hanged from a tree this week, as public anger and political controversy over the attack gain momentum. -- PHOTO: EPA

LUCKNOW, India (REUTERS) - India's new home minister weighed in on Friday in a grisly case in which two teenage girls were raped and hanged from a tree this week, as public anger and political controversy over the attack gain momentum.

The case is one of the first challenges for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his four-day-old government. It highlights the ongoing struggle to stem sexual violence in India, where a string of high-profile rapes has sparked nationwide protests and international criticism.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh asked the state government of Uttar Pradesh to submit a report on the attack, a ministry spokesman said.

Mr Modi, a prolific Twitter user, has not yet commented on the killings in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state and a key political battleground. Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist party swept 73 of the state's 80 parliamentary seats in its landslide general election victory.

 
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