• Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Fourth Indian woman hanged in weeks

BBC Online

A 19-year-old woman has been found hanging from a tree in a village in northern India, the third such case in a month in Uttar Pradesh state.

The body was found in the Moradabad area, three hours' drive from Delhi. Her family told police she was raped. A post mortem examination is under way.

Another woman was found hanged from a tree in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

Last month the gang rape and murder of two girls found in similar circumstances sparked outrage in India.

PUBLIC ANGER RENEWED

On Wednesday, a 44-year-old woman was found hanging from a tree in the Bahraich area.

Police said she had been threatened by locals for selling liquor in the area and her family filed a case naming five people connected to her death.

Her family alleged she was gang raped, but her post mortem proved inconclusive.

But it was the case on 29 May of two teenage girls gang raped and hanged in Badaun district that renewed a countrywide outcry over sexual violence.

Three suspected attackers have been held in that case, along with two policemen accused of dereliction of duty and criminal conspiracy.

Uttar Pradesh is home to 200 million people, which has led some here to describe it as the world's largest failing state, reports the BBC's Andrew North in Delhi.

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said protecting women should be a priority.

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

The government tightened laws on sexual violence last year after widespread protests following the attack.

Published: 12:58 pm Thursday, June 12, 2014

Last modified: 9:46 pm Thursday, June 12, 2014

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