Nation & World News

More Brutal Killings Of Women In Northern India

By Scott Neuman on June 12th, 2014

Last month, we reported on the horrific story of two teenage sisters who were allegedly gang-raped and then murdered in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree.

In that incident, the two girls, 14 and 15, had been attacked as they went to relieve themselves on the outskirts of their village. At the time, NPR’s Julie McCarthy reported that the lack of sanitation in rural India leaves women especially vulnerable.

Now, the BBC reports that the bodies of two women in as many days have been found in similar fashion, hanging from trees in the state.

The BBC says:

“The body of the latest victim was found in a village in the state’s Moradabad area on Thursday.

“Following the post-mortem examination, police inspector general Amarendra Sengar said ‘rape is not confirmed, she died due to hanging.'”

“Police told the BBC they were also investigating whether her death could have been a so-called ‘honour killing.'”

“The case follows a spate of killings and reports of rape, many in Uttar Pradesh, including one of a woman who says she was gang raped inside a police station in the state.”

The previous victim, a 44-year-old woman found in a different village, had told police that she’d been threatened for selling alcohol. The BBC says her family believes she was raped, but that a post-mortem was inconclusive.

Such incidents are not uncommon in northern India but have been getting more international attention in recent months, the BBC says.

As a result of high-profile assaults on women, most notably the 2012 gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in the capital, New Delhi, have prompted the country’s newly elected prime minister, Narendra Modi, to pledge to make protecting women a priority.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow today.

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

Nemtsov served as a governor and deputy prime minister in the 1990s. He later became an opposition leader and sharp critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was killed on a street in Moscow.


A Rival’s Retirement Prompts One-Word Statement From Aussie Politician

“Good.”


Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to play in the NBA in 1950, died Thursday at 86. He's seen here, center, being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame's Honors Ring in 2003.

5 Quotes From Earl Lloyd, The First Black Player In The NBA

Earl Lloyd, who died Thursday, once recalled telling a young man who thanked him for blazing a trail, “Man, you owe me absolutely nothing.”


Actor Leonard Nimoy died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 83.

Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock On ‘Star Trek,’ Dies At 83

The cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his granddaughter tells NPR.


People gather on the spot where Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy was killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Thursday.

Bangladeshi-American Blogger Hacked To Death In Dhaka

Avijit Roy’s writings denounced fundamentalist thought and earned him death threats from Islamist groups. His wife, Rafida Ahmed, who was with him during the attack Thursday, was severely wounded.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments