India: Two Young Girls Raped and Hanged

CNN – In a nation with several rapes reported every hour, the act itself has become all too commonplace.

But two teenagers in northern India suffered added indignity — hanged from a tree after being allegedly gang-raped — that has spurred international outrage about this incident, specifically, and, more generally, about the startling rate of rape in this South Asian country.

The attack happened Tuesday night in a village in Uttar Pradesh state’s Budaun district, said R.K.S. Rathore, a deputy inspector-general of police.

The victims were cousins, ages 14 and 16, and from the same village. They both belonged to what the police official called “backward castes,” meaning they’d been born low on India’s caste system that has long defined a person’s place in society.

The girls’ families filed a complaint accusing three brothers of rape and murder, Rathore told CNN.

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