Two teenage gang-raped, hanged in a tree




Two teenage girls age 14 and 15 were gang-raped, then killed and found hanging in a mango tree, the officials said 29-05-2014 Thursday that at least two of the suspects are police officers.

The bodies of the girls, ages 14 and 15, were found early 28-05-2014 Wednesday near their home in Katra village in Budaun, Uttar Pradesh state, after they had gone missing according to police.

Villagers who were upset by the police response reportedly blocked roads and refused to allow authorities to remove the bodies from the tree for hours, until charges of rape and murder were registered against several men. The local police chief had allegedly ignored a report Tuesday indicating that the girls were missing, villagers said.

The girls apparently had left their home, where there was no toilet, to relieve themselves. Relatives said they began looking for the girls soon after they went outside.

Police arrested two officers and two men from the village and were searching for more suspects.
Autopsies confirmed that the girls had been raped and strangled before the hanging, police Supt. Atul Saxena said, according to the Associated Press.

The station chief in Katra, 180 miles northwest of the state capital, Lucknow, was suspended, the news service reported. India last year passed anti-rape legislation in response to public anger over the fatal gang rape in December 2012 of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student.