Girl, 16, hangs herself after being gang raped by eight men who abducted her from her home in India
A 16-year-old gang-rape victim has killed herself after being attacked by eight men in India on Sunday.
She was one of two teenagers who were gang-raped in separate incidents in the country over the past four days, highlighting a rape epidemic in India that has shown no sign of abating despite tougher penalties being introduced last month.
The girl was raped by eight men in the Nuh district of the northern state of Haryana, senior police official Nazneen Bhasin said.
On Tuesday, a 19-year-old woman was raped by five men, including the driver of an autorickshaw she hailed in another district of the same state.
The driver duped the woman into believing that she had missed her bus and offered to drop her off at another bus depot, said a police spokesman, Ravindra Kumar.
She was then taken to a deserted area near Gurugram town and raped by the driver and four accomplices who were waiting there.
The police have made no arrests in relation to either attack.
'A case of gang-rape has been registered after the medical examination of the victim confirmed the same. The matter is under investigation,' Kumar said.
Gurugram, on the southwest outskirts of New Delhi, is a rapidly expanding satellite town, where scores of international companies have set up offices due to its role as an industrial, financial and technology hub.
Media reports said the first of the two victims was abducted from her home when she was alone, and raped by men from her village. The victim hung herself on Monday and the police have registered a case of rape, kidnapping and abetment of suicide.
The gang-rapes come less than a month after India approved the death penalty for the rape of girls younger than 12, and increased the prison term for the rape of older girls and women following nationwide disgust over a particularly gruesome rape and murder of a Muslim girl in Jammu and Kashmir state.
Registered cases of sexual violence have been steadily rising despite the national outrage that followed the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi in 2012.
Amid the wave of anger at that time, the government promised to speed up rape trials, introduce harsher penalties, including the death sentence in extreme cases, and introduced a law against stalking.
But statistics show that since 2012, reported rape cases climbed 60 per cent to about 40,000 in 2016, with child rape accounting for about 40 per cent of them.
tts, jaxin, United States, 15 hours ago
This is sickening that these incidents are common in India or anywhere!!
Hiramkey, Houston, United States, 15 hours ago
What year is it there?
Average American1, Sheboygan, United States, 16 hours ago
It seems every other day there is a story about rape in India. What is wrong with their society? My guess is there are a lot more rapes than reported.