Teen Cousins Gang-Raped, Hanged in India
Three have been arrested, including 2 police officers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2014 8:07 AM CDT
Indian Dalit women shout slogans during a protest against a gang-rape of four Dalit girls, outside the residence of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in New Delhi, India, May 11, 2014.   (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

(Newser) – Three men, including two police officers, have been arrested in northern India in connection with a horrific new instance of sexual violence: They're suspected of gang-raping and killing two teenage cousins before hanging the girls from a mango tree. Villagers found the bodies yesterday morning, hours after the two disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, the police superintendent says. The 14- and 15-year-old girls had gone into the fields because there was no toilet in their home. The family belongs to the Dalit community, also called "untouchables" and considered the lowest rung in India's age-old caste system.

Hundreds of angry villagers spent the rest of yesterday in silent protest over alleged police inaction in the case. Indian TV channels showed video of the villagers sitting under the girls' bodies as they swung in the wind, preventing authorities from taking them down from the tree until the suspects were arrested. The villagers accused the chief of the local police station of ignoring a complaint by the girls' father Tuesday night that the girls were missing. The station chief has since been suspended. Police arrested the three men later in the day yesterday and were searching for four more suspects.

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dan6807
May 30, 2014 12:16 AM CDT
India's cast system is why India is not considered advanced by other nations. Upper caste take what they want and walk away scott free. Until it is gone there will be no justice in India.
kccarmea
May 29, 2014 7:03 PM CDT
So cops are pigs no matter what country it is?
sandrae
May 29, 2014 7:02 PM CDT
I often have wondered why Asian Indians prefer other countries in which to live -- if they are financially able to do so. The cast system * discriminating against mothers who give birth to girl babies and sometimes forcing those mothers to give up their babies * horrific domestic entanglements that end in such violence as dousing a female victim in gasoline and setting her afire * a country and its obvious endearment to males as compared to their female counterparts. NOW THIS! I truthfully cannot say that I would want to stay in my native country either!