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  • Indian Rape: Supreme Court orders probe into 'disturbing' case

    India's Supreme Court has ordered a judge to investigate the gang rape of a tribal woman, allegedly on orders of village elders who objected to her relationship with a man.

    Describing the case as "disturbing", the court ordered the district judge of Birbhum in West Bengal state to visit the village and submit a report.

    Thirteen men, including the village headman, have been arrested.

    The 20-year-old woman is in hospital. Her condition is reported to be stable.

    Unofficial courts in India's villages often sanction killings of couples deemed to have violated local codes.

    Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.


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    Indian girls found hanging after gang-rape

    Two teenage girls have been found dead, hanging from a tree in a northern Indian village after they were gang-raped by five men, police said on Thursday.

    A post-mortem report indicated that the cousins from the low-caste Dalit community, aged 14 and 15, hanged themselves late on Tuesday after the attack in a village in the Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh state.

    "The report suggests ante-mortem hanging, which means the girls probably committed suicide. But we will take into account all aspects before coming to a conclusion," Atul Saxena, Budaun's police chief, told the AFP news agency.



    • #3
      India arrests all suspects in gang-rape case

      Indian police have arrested five people, including two policemen, over the alleged gang-rape and murder of two teenage cousins, officials have said.

      The three suspects, detained for the attack in Uttar Pradesh state, are cousins in their 20s from an extended family.

      They face charges of rape and murder, crimes punishable by the death penalty, police officer N Malik said on Saturday.

      Officials in Uttar Pradesh, which has a reputation for lawlessness, also arrested two police officers and sacked two others on Friday for failing to investigate reports of the girls' disappearance earlier in the week.

      News of the gang-rape was accompanied by TV footage of the corpses of the teenage girls swaying as they hung from a mango tree, causing outrage across the nation.



      • #4
        India hangings: Fourth woman dies in Uttar Pradesh

        A teenager has been found hanging from a tree in a village in northern India, the fourth woman to die in such a way in recent weeks in Uttar Pradesh state

        The family of the 19-year-old say she was raped. A post mortem is under way.

        It comes just one day after a woman's body was found hanging from a tree in a remote village elsewhere in the state.

        The gang rape and murder of two girls found in similar circumstances last month sparked outrage. Correspondents say more cases are now being reported.



        • #5
          Delhi gang rape: India outrage over fashion shoot

          An Indian fashion shoot showing a woman being groped on a bus has caused anger, with social media users saying it glamorises the 2012 Delhi gang rape.

          Photographer Raj Shetye's images show a model fighting off men on a bus, in a scene reminiscent of the rape and murder that shocked India.

          Many social media users said they found the photos "disgusting" and "horrible".

          Mr Shetye said the shoot was "just a depiction of the situation of women in our country" and not based on the rape.



          • #6
            India policemen 'suspended for raping teenager'

            Police in India say two officers have been suspended for allegedly abducting and raping a teenager.

            The girl was seized on Wednesday by the policemen who took her to the police station and raped her, the Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted a senior police official as saying.

            The complaint is being investigated. The constables are missing, he added.

            Sexual violence in India has been in the spotlight since a student was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi two years ago.



            • #7
              India arrests five for kidnap and rape of Japanese woman

              Five men have been arrested in India charged with kidnapping and repeatedly raping a Japanese student.

              Police in the eastern city of Calcutta say the assaults took place over a period of more than a month from 23 November and in at least two locations.

              They say an organised gang is suspected of targeting single women tourists.

              Increasing numbers of rape cases are being reported and highlighted in India, prompting widespread outrage.

              Pallav Kanti Ghosh, a Calcutta police commissioner, told BBC Hindi that two of the men - said to be brothers - approached the 23-year-old victim as tourist guides after she arrived in the city and checked into a hotel in an area popular with foreign tourists.



              • #8
                India suspends officials after lynching of rape suspect

                The government of northeastern India's Nagaland state has suspended three officials and deployed paramilitary soldiers after a mob stormed a high-security jail, dragged away a man accused of rape and then lynched him, according to the Associated Press news agency.

                Nagaland's Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang told AP on Saturday that the district magistrate of Dimapur, the city's police superintendent and the jail's warden have all been temporarily removed from their positions.



                • #9
                  In today's India, inter-caste and inter-religious marriages are on the rise

                  Within hours of safely arriving in New Delhi as a couple, Manouj and Kavita were at a court performing the rites for their marriage.

                  The court was about to close, so it was a hasty affair. They managed to snap a total of 19 photos on Manouj's cellphone. It's as close to a wedding album as they will get.

                  But the alternative was far worse. What they left behind was a certain end to their forbidden relationship and, almost certainly, physical harm.

                  "My family does not approve of inter-caste weddings," Manouj, 22, said in an interview (both only used their first names to protect their identity).