First a string of rape stories, now a wave of similar stories alleged to end from the branch of a tree: A 19-year-old woman has been found hanging in a northern Indian village, and her family says she had been raped. The BBC calls it the fourth such crime in roughly two weeks in Uttar Pradesh state. The alleged attack comes only a day after another woman, 44, was found hanged from a tree elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, with her family claiming she was gang-raped after being on the receiving end of threats for selling liquor. A post-mortem exam was inconclusive. The crimes follow the highly publicized gang-rape and hangings of two young girls last month; NPR reported the teens' own scarves were used as their nooses.
Elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, a woman has come forward to say she was gang-raped by four police officers on Monday after she refused to pay a bribe to get her husband out of jail. "When there was no one in the room the sub-inspector took me to his room and raped me inside the police station," the woman said, per the AFP. "The victim has filed a complaint and the guilty will be arrested soon," a police official added. In his first speech to parliament since coming to power, India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, noted "respect for women, their security—it should be the priority for all 1.2 billion people," NDTV reports. (In rape news closer to home, Indiana says it can't afford to reduce prison rape.)