(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Three men arrested, accused of gang-rape, hanging teen girls
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 01:30
(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) May 30 - Indian police arrested a third suspect in connection with a brutal attack that ended with two teenage girls hanging from a mango tree in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Gavino Garay reports.
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**WARNING: STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES**
A third suspect has been arrested following a gruesome discovery in India.
Two teenage cousins were allegedly raped and then hanged by their perpetrators in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Inspector General Ak Gupta.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) AK GUPTA, INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF SPECIAL TASK FORCE, SAYING:
"Three accused persons have been arrested, two are still left."
The girls, ages 14 and 15 had gone missing Tuesday evening.
The father of one of the girls recalls how he learned about what happened to his daughter.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) FATHER OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS, NAME UNKNOWN, SAYING:
"(Police Constable) Sarvesh came to my house and informed me that my daughter has been found hanging from a tree. I want the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) to investigate the case. I do not trust the police."
Even more troubling are reports that police officers may have been involved.
India's Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) INDIA'S WOMEN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT MINISTER, MANEKA GANDHI, SAYING:
"The accused were already criminals but even the police acted in the wrong way. The state government cannot monitor every individual but the police officers involved in this should be fired immediately."
Public outrage over the fatal gang rape of a women in New Delhi in December 2012 pushed the government into passing a tougher new law to punish sex crimes.
While the extent of police involvement, if any, isn't clear at this point --- what is clear is that India faces significant challenges in making good good on its commitment to reducing violence against women.
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