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Indian girl, 14, hangs herself after police ignore gang rape

Protests in Delhi after the release of one of the men convicted of the fatal gang rape of a student Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

An Indian teenager who was gang raped to avenge her mother’s victory in a local election has killed herself after police failed to take action.

The 14-year-old girl was dragged from her bed in the city of Mirzapur and raped in a field, allegedly by rivals of her mother. 

Reports claim that the girl told police the names of her attackers, but when they failed to investigate, she hanged herself.

Last week another 14-year-old girl was raped by a group of drunken soldiers on a train. One of the men arrested has admitted that they forced the girl to drink.

Despite much soul-searching, more than 132,000 sexual assaults were reported in India in 2014.
In Mirzapur police have now arrested two men, who have since been identified as relatives of the victim’s mother’s rival candidate.

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