India Says Girls Hanged From Tree Died by Suicide
Teens weren't raped, murdered, federal investigators say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2014 4:11 AM CST
Indian policemen cordon off the area where two teenage girls were found hanged in Katra village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on May 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Rajeev Pal, File)
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(Newser) – An investigation into the deaths of two teenage cousins believed to have been raped and hanged by their attackers concluded that the two actually committed suicide, according to authorities in India. The head of the Central Bureau of Investigation, India's version of the FBI, told reporters that the local police's probe into the deaths was conducted "erroneously" and that the CBI probe "found that the girls had committed suicide and weren't murdered." He gave no other details. Six months ago, visuals of the girls' bodies hanging from a mango tree in their tiny home village in Uttar Pradesh state shocked the country and sparked large demonstrations. Five men, including two police officers, were arrested in connection with the deaths but later freed on bail.