Another gang rape, murder sparks protests in India

2015-02-09 14:23
Protests in India. (Manish Swarup, AP)

Protests in India. (Manish Swarup, AP)

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New Delhi - The gang rape and murder of another woman in New Delhi has triggered protests as police continue to hunt for suspects, an official said on Monday.

The 28-year-old mentally ill Nepalese woman's mutilated body was found in a field in Haryana state on Wednesday, days after she went missing from a hospital where she was being treated.

"A special investigative team of the police has been formed to probe the case. We will not spare any effort. With some luck we should be able to crack the case soon," state police chief Yashpal Singhal said.

On Sunday, hundreds of people held protests and candlelight vigils in the capital against the crime, similar to a 2012 gang rape and murder in Delhi.

A post-mortem examination confirmed multiple sexual assaults, and local media reported that some organs were missing.

Relatives of the victim alleged inaction on part of the police, as no suspects have been named and no arrests made.

In another case, a 20-year-old Japanese student was allegedly drugged and raped on Sunday by a tour guide near the northern city of Jaipur, broadcaster NDTV reported. The suspect was on the run, it said.

India has been under the spotlight in recent years over the incidents of sexual violence against women.

In 2012, the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi led to a massive public outcry and tougher laws.

But sexual crimes continue unabated and concerns are rising over the lack of safety for women in the South Asian country.

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