India: Women Brutally Gang Raped Then Hanged From a Tree

Posted: June 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

(CNN) — Forensic tests on a woman found hanging from a tree in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have so far failed to find evidence of rape, a local police chief said.

More tests are being done, amid claims from the woman’s family that she was gang-raped and murdered by five men, including her brother-in-law.

The alleged attack comes just weeks after the bodies of two cousins, aged 14 and 15, were founding hanging from a mango tree in the Budaun district of the same state. Of the five suspects arrested, police say three have confessed to the rape, but not murder.

Woman found in tree

In the latest case, the 42-year-old woman was found hanging from a tree in the Bahraich district.

Her family told police she went missing around 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, and her body was Wednesday morning, Bahraich district police chief, Happy Guptan, said.

“We are not commenting how it all happened until our investigation is complete,” Guptan told CNN.

Calls for strong political action to change attitudes and stop rape in India have grown louder since December 2012, when a student was gang-raped and murdered by attackers on a moving bus.

The 23-year-old’s horrific injuries made headlines and started a national debate about how many rapes were happening and why.

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