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Growing number of rape cases inside India

LUCKNOW (AFP): Indian police stated Thursday they were looking into a spate of rapes and hangings in a troubled north region, as the national females s rights body called for the state government to leave office over the problems.

India has been attempting to regain its battered track record of violence against women, but general public outrage was reignited by the deaths last month of 2 girls, aged 12 and 14, who were gang-raped and lynched in their impoverished town in Uttar Pradesh.
On Thursday a lady stated she had been gang-raped by 4 officers at a police station in the state, and police said they were additionally investigating the killing of a nineteen-year-old found, like the 2 girls, hanging from a tree.

“The body was strung up making use of the girl s dupatta (long scarf),” senior police superintendent Ashutosh Kumar stated, adding the incident happened in a village in Moradabad district.

“The FIR was lodged by the girls cousin against anonymous persons. He has claimed the girl was murdered,” Kumar told AFP.

The case is the most current a series of attacks in Uttar Pradesh whose chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is under mounting political stress to resign over his managing of law and order.

Mamata Sharma, head of the state-run nationwide Commission for Women, urged Yadav to leave office, calling his state administration s failure to protect women “shameful”.


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