Two teenage girls gang-raped, hanged in India by men in their village

Two teenage girls were gang-raped and hanged in northern India on Tuesday night. Their attackers, police say, are from the same village as the 14- and 16 year-old girls.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   May 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM

NEW DELHI, May 29 (UPI) -- Two teenage girls were gang-raped and then hanged in northern India on Tuesday night.

The girls, ages 14 and 16, were cousins and were attacked at a village in Uttar Pradesh state's Budaun district, said police deputy inspector-general R.K.S. Rathore.

"Both the attackers and the victims were of backward castes and from the same village ... We are investigating all possible angles and collecting evidence. So far, we have no evidence that points to any kind of enmity," he said.

Police have arrested one man and charged him in the deadly assault, and are searching for two additional suspects.

A police constable was also arrested for allegedly obstructing the investigation by siding with the suspected attackers, and delaying the case registration.

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