5 arrested for India gang-rape, hanging

2014-05-31 10:11
A New Delhi student shouts slogans during a protest against the gang-rape and murder of two teenage girls. (Manish Swarup, AP)

A New Delhi student shouts slogans during a protest against the gang-rape and murder of two teenage girls. (Manish Swarup, AP)

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New Delhi - Five men were arrested for the gang-rape and killing of two teenage cousins in northern India, police said on Saturday, as the latest sex crime sparked outrage and protests.

The girls, aged 14 and 16, were abducted in the Badaun district of northern Uttar Pradesh state on Tuesday and their bodies were found hanging from a tree the following day.

Five suspects, including two policemen, were arrested, police officer MS Chauhan said by phone.

2 more suspects

"These five are the main suspects in the crime. Two more unidentified men are listed as accused and we will arrest them after we get details in our investigation and questioning," he said.

The father of one victim alleged on broadcaster NDTV that police had refused to file a complaint when the girls went missing.

"One policeman told us the girls would be found hanging somewhere. In our search later, we found them hanging from the tree," he NDTV.

The victims' families are part of the low-caste Dalit community that often faces discrimination in India. Politicians and women groups have lashed out at what they say is growing lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh, and protests were held in Badaun as well as New Delhi.

Another 17-year-old girl was gang-raped in the state's Azamgarh district on Friday, reports said.

Attacks on women have been a focus of public attention in India since the gang-rape and murder of a student on a bus in New Delhi in 2012 triggered mass protests.

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