A 20-year-old Dalit woman was gang-raped and murdered by miscreants belonging to an upper caste in Jalesar area of Etah district.
The accused are believed to have hanged the body from a tree after the murder to make it appear like a suicide, according to police sources.
Police have registered an FIR and launched a manhunt to nab the culprits.
According to police, the incident took place in the wee hours of Friday in Sikandarpur Madhi village in Jalesar when the four men dragged the girl out of her house to a field and raped her, and then strangled her to death. To avoid being found out, the accused hanged her body from a tree in the same field and fled from the spot.
The victim's family was not at home at the time. Her parents had taken the girl's brother to a nearby hospital in the evening because the victim's brother had damaged his hand in a wheat thrasher on Thursday night.
The family could not find their daughter when they returned home in the morning. When they started searching for her, they were told that their daughter was found hanging from a tree in the nearby field.
The victim's body was taken down and sent for postmortem after senior administrative and police officials reached the spot and assured her relatives of taking stern action against the culprits.
Jalesar circle officer Kalyan Singh said, "An FIR has been registered against four people. Two of them have been identified as brothers Ankit and Amit. Kailash and Praveen are the two others. All are in the age group of 22 to 25. All of them are currently absconding."
A similar incident was reported from Kasganj district on March 31, 2015 when a 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by two young men. Her body was found under a tree, nearly a kilometer away from her home in Kishorpur area of Kasganj district. Police later arrested the accused.
A minor girl was reportedly raped by an autorickshaw driver under Gajuwaka police station limits on Friday evening.
The accused, Siva of Gangavaram, was an auto driver by profession. The girl, a resident of Old Town area, was studying at a private school at Gajuwaka.
On Friday evening, she was waiting for a bus after school, when Siva and another person, Chanti, approached her and asked her to board the auto.
As the girl knew Siva, she boarded the auto thinking that he would drop her at the RTC Complex. Siva drove her to an isolated place and raped her and later dropped her at the RTC Complex.
The victim narrated the incident to her mother the same night. Her parents lodged a complaint with the One Town police on Saturday.
A case was registered and later transferred to the Gajuwaka police station. A manhunt was launched for the accused.
Minor raped April 26, 2015
In two separate incidents, two minor girls were raped by men of the their village in Nigoha on Saturday.
One of the accused has been arrested while the other is still on the run.
A couple came back home from their farm on Saturday to find their daughter weeping. On inquiry, the girl narrated an incident accusing their neighbour of raping her.
Police have sent the girl for medical examination while the accused, Anees, has been arrested.
In the second incident, a 15-year-old girl was raped while she was sleeping outside her house in the village.
The girl has accused a man from her village of dragging her into a farm raping her.
When the girl's father found her missing, he alerted his family and launched a search. He reportedly found the girl lying in the field in a semi-conscious state. Police is now looking for the accused.