4th Woman Found Hanged From Tree in India
Women's security should be the priority: PM
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2014 7:45 AM CDT
In this Saturday, May 31, 2014 file photograph, a police dog stands near the tree where two teenage girls were found hanging in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.   (AP Photo/Rajeev Pal, file)

(Newser) – 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.)

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Jun 13, 2014 6:28 PM CDT
These are actually women who were candidates for arrange marriages of indian men working here in the USA taking your job. The women are devastated that they cannot come to America to live off our system so they hang themselves.
Jun 13, 2014 4:34 PM CDT
"4th Woman Found Hanged From Tree in India" Maybe they should put a lookout on that tree?
Jun 12, 2014 3:18 PM CDT
the women being attacked are low-caste women and the rapes are an expression of (the men's supposed) power. the reason these stories are getting press is because there is a growing middle class in India, predicated on wealth, not caste, and some men are feeling left out of the economy and resent women who are "lower" than them achieving something. These particular women and girls may not have been successful, but they are representative, at least to the sort of man who wants to commit this crime, anyway. The very fact that the families are demanding action be taken is a good thing -- families used to hide their "spoiled" daughters, or urge them to commit suicide. Rising incomes and education levels are changing that.