Police in northern India say they have detained 15 suspects after a 35-year-old mother and her teenage daughter were gang-raped off a busy highway, reports the AP. Police say the nearly three-hour attack took place Friday night near the town of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh state after a gang of men threw an iron rod at the car they and four family members were traveling in, reports the Times of India. When the driver got out to check for damage, the men attacked, separating the woman and her daughter from their male relatives. After the attack, the men left the family with their car stranded in a swampy field. They managed to reach help on Saturday morning, per the Times.
Senior local police official Daljeet Choudhary said Sunday that several police teams were at work to ensure that the attackers were identified quickly. The family was also robbed of money, jewelry, and their cellphones. The attack is the latest incident of sexual violence to shock India, a still-deeply patriarchal nation of 1.3 billion people. (Read more India gang-rape stories.)