- Title: INDIA: Woman allegedly gang raped, found hanging from tree in eastern India
- Date: 14th January 2013
- Summary: ***EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC MATERIAL*** BHAGALPUR, BIHAR, INDIA (JANUARY 14, 2013) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI - NO ACCESS BBC) POLICE OFFICIALS AT SITE, WHERE A WOMAN WHO WAS ALLEGEDLY GANG RAPED WAS FOUND HANGING FROM A TREE POLICE OFFICIAL COVERING BODY OF THE DECEASED VICTIM SAREE USED TO HANG THE ALLEGED VICTIM FROM TREE VICTIM HANGING FROM A TREE POLICE TAKING PICTURE OF VICTIM CROWD WATCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE, KAHALGAON, MEENU KUMARI, SAYING: "We have found no struggle marks on her body. If there is anything, we can clear it, after the post mortem report is out." BODY OF ALLEGED VICTIM POLICE OFFICIALS, LOCALS AT THE SITE
- Embargoed: 30th January 2013 22:47
- Location: India
- Country: India
- Topics: Crime
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- Story Text: In a grim reminder of the horrific Delhi gang rape, a woman who got off a Delhi-bound train was allegedly raped, killed and hung from a tree in Bhagalpur district of India's eastern Bihar state on Monday (January 14).
The incident comes within weeks of the rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi who was assaulted and beaten in a moving bus and thrown bleeding onto the street in a case that sparked outrage in the country.
The woman was travelling with her relatives in the Brahmaputra Mail and she got off the train on Saturday (January 12).
According to the local media reports she was dragged to an orchard and raped by unidentified persons, who were drunk. She was later strangled to death.
A local police officer said the incident was being investigated, and the victim has been identified.
So far the police have only registered a case of murder.
"We have found no struggle marks on her body. If there is anything, we can clear it, after the post mortem report is out," said Assistant Superintendent of Police, Kahalgaon, Meenu Kumari.
A railway ticket and the number of her village head written on a piece of paper were recovered from the victim.
Women in India face a multitude of threats, from illegal abortions of female foetuses due to a preference for sons, to the murders of brides by in-laws for want of more dowry, child marriage and human trafficking.
With the ever-increasing incidents of sexual crimes against women, some being committed even in broad daylight has led to the generation of fear in minds of college-goers, professionals and housewives alike.
India has robust gender laws, but they are hardly enforced, partly because a feudal mindset is as prevalent among bureaucrats, magistrates and the police as it is elsewhere. Politicians are also unwilling to crack down on customary biases against women for fear of losing conservative votes.
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