Another shameful day in India as sexual violence continues

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Sexual violence against women carries on in India as the bodies of two ‘lower-caste’ teenage girls were discovered hung from a tree.

Law enforcement officers in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh continue the search for the assailants accused of raping and murdering two young girls. According to reports, the bodies of two young girls, aged 14 and 15, were discovered on Wednesday morning hanging from a mango tree after being brutally raped and killed.

Furious relatives of the two young girls and local villagers protested next to the bodies over police misconduct after two police constables had refused to take action regarding the horrific crime.

Police officers listen to villagers’ testimonies (Photo: Dailymail.co.uk)

Three police officers were removed from duty for not registering the case and authorities reported that four men were arrested and held for questioning. The search continues for three more. Police officials admitted to the possibility of the involvement of at least one police officer. .

Official forensic reports confirmed that the two young girls – who were members of the Dalit community previously called ‘untouchables’ – were gang-raped and strangled before being hung from a tree. There were no comments from law enforcement officials when asked if this was a hate crime towards the Dalit community, who are considered to be on the lowest rung in the traditional Indian caste system.

This appalling incident is a terrible reminder of the notorious gang-rape of a student in Delhi in 2012. That shocking case led to a tightening of the laws for gang-rape in India, which became punishable by death, even if the victim survives.

The woman, a 23 year old intern, was attacked and raped by six men – one of whom was under 18 – on a bus going through the capital on 16 December 2012.

She was raped repeatedly and sustained fatal injuries. Her male friend was beaten with an iron bar and was thrown ‘unconscious’ to the back of the bus.

The bodies of two young girls hung from a tree in Uttar Pradesh (Dailymail.co.uk)

Sexual harassment and violence against women has become an epidemic sweeping across India, while being excused by certain groups who are against the execution of gang rapists. The head of Uttar Pradesh state’s governing party, Samajwadi Party told an election rally that the party was against the execution of gang rapists. “Boys will be boys, they make mistakes,” said Mulayam Singh Yadav.

According to recent studies, a rape is committed every 22 minutes in India, a nation of more than 1.2 billion citizens. Humanitarian and political activists rejected recent statistics stating that the number is even greater due to the shame and public stigma families are subjected to after reporting such incidents.