Dalit girl found hanging on a tree was raped

February 21, 2015 03:14 AM
Teen Aged Dalit Raped

LUCKNOW: Indian police are investigating the suspected rape and hanging of a low-caste teenage girl, an officer said on Thursday, a grim reminder of a similar case last year in the same state.

Police arrested two youths from the girl's village on Thursday after her father alleged they had raped and murdered his daughter in Kheri district, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) from state capital Lucknow.

The 16-year-old, from India's lowest Dalit social caste, previously known as “untouchables”, was found hanging from a mango tree on Tuesday morning in northern Uttar Pradesh state.

Police arrested two youths from the girl's village on Thursday after her father alleged they had raped and murdered his daughter in Kheri district, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) from state capital Lucknow.

“The girl went missing on Monday and on Tuesday morning her body was found hanging from a mango tree,” deputy superintendent of police Mohammed Ibrahim said.

“We are investigating on the basis of the father's complaint of rape and murder,” said Ibrahim, who is in charge of the area where the incident occurred.

He said police were waiting for the post mortem results on the girl's body to confirm if she had been raped.

The case comes a year after two girls from a low caste were also found hanging in the same state. Their families claimed that they had been gang-raped before being lynched.

The families said the cousins, aged 12 and 14, had been attacked after they went outside after dark to relieve themselves because their ramshackle homes did not have a toilet.

Police arrested five men from a higher caste but federal investigators later concluded that the girls had committed suicide and were not raped as previously thought.

That case reignited anger about India's treatment of women, following the public outrage that erupted over the fatal gang-rape of a student on a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012.

That attack led to tougher laws for rapists and other sex offenders and new policies for police dealing with the large numbers of assaults against women. 

Two the three accused who raped African woman in moving car arrested 

NEW DELHI: A 30-year-old African origin woman was allegedly gang-raped by three men in a moving car who later dumped her near the Chilla border in east Delhi. The incident was reported in the wee hours of Friday. Police have arrested two of the accused who were identified by the woman. 

In her complaint the woman has said that three men had offered her a lift in their Hyundai accent car from her outside a farm house in Chhatarpur and drop her home at Khirki. Instead they started driving towards Noida and raped her in turns on the way. She claimed that they stopped the car after reaching a spot few metres ahead of a police post near Chilla border and dumped her there. The woman said that she managed to walk up to the guards at the border post and narrate her ordeal. 

She was immediately taken to the Mayur Vihar police station where a case was registered based on her statement. She was later admitted to the LBS hospital nearby where she was treated for her injuries. 

Police said that the two men identified as Sunny and Johnson were arrested from the Chilla village nearby. The car used by them has also been recovered. A search has been initiated to nab the third accused.


7-year-old girl murdered at Lonavla resort (Pune) after sexual assault 

PUNE: The seven-year-old girl found dead on the terrace of a well-known resort in Lonavla had been sexually assaulted, the Pune rural police quoting the postmortem report said on Wednesday. 

Angry residents of Vadgaon Maval, Kamshet, Lonavla, Khandala, Khopoli and Khalapur ransacked Kumar Resort and staged a rasta roko at a chowk on the Pune-Mumbai highway nearby. They also observed a bandh in Lonavla to demand the arrest of those behind the sexual assault and murder. Five people sustained minor injuries when the police resorted to a mild lathi-charge to disperse the mob. 

The girl, a second standard student of a Marathi medium school in Indapur (Talashet) in Raigad district, had gone to the resort with her parents for a family function on Sunday evening. She went missing from the crowded hall in the resort around 9.30pm. Her body was found behind the solar panel on the terrace by a scrap vendor who had gone up to collect waste the next morning. The girl's throat had been slit with a sharp knife. Police have ruled out robbery as the motive behind the murder because the girl's earrings were intact. 

Manoj Lohiya, superintendent of police (Pune rural), said, "We have invoked provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act after the postmortem report revealed that the girl was sexually assaulted. We are questioning the resort employees, catering staff and guests, among others." However, he refused to give details of the outcome of the questioning. He claimed that the law-and-order situation was completely under control. 

In its postmortem report, the Sassoon general hospital in Pune certified that the girl's body bore "cut throat injuries with evidence of genital assault". The hospital has preserved the viscera for seeking expert opinion. 

Additional superintendent of police (Pune rural) Vijaykumar Magar said around 600 residents participated in the bandh and rasta roko. "The investigations in the case have now been transferred from the Lonavla city police station to the office of deputy superintendent of police Bhaskar Thorat of the Lonavla division. There has been no progress in the investigations as of now, but we are working on some clues," he added. 

Resort director Manohar Budhani was not available for comment despite repeated attempts made by this reporter.




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