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TWO TEENAGE SISTERS in rural India have been gang raped and killed by attackers who then hung their bodies from a mango tree.

Two of the four men arrested so far are police officers.

Villagers found the girls’ bodies hanging from the tree early yesterday, hours after they disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, police Superintendent Atul Saxena said.

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Lack of evidence in India gang rape

Five suspects to be freed in the rape and murder of two teens found hanging in a tree, after a forensic report appeared to contradict earlier claims the girls had been raped.

New Delhi: Indian investigators say they will not charge five men detained earlier this year on suspicion of raping and murdering two teenage girls in a case that sparked global outrage.

The cousins, aged 14 and 15, were found hanging from a tree in an impoverished village in northern Uttar Pradesh state in May.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India’s top investigative agency, said it would not “as yet” file charges against the men, citing a lack of evidence, but did not rule out future charges.

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An Indian demonstrator holds a placard in honour of a physiotherapy student who was gang-raped and murdered at a protest to mark the one-year anniversary of her death. Photo: AFP

The men are expected to be released on Friday after 90 days in detention, the maximum time that a person can be held without being charged in India.

“Based on our investigations so far, we are not going to file the charge-sheet at this stage. However, no one has been given a clean chit as yet,” CBI spokeswoman Kanchan Prasad told AFP.

The girls were reported at the time to have been gang-raped and murdered after going into the fields to relieve themselves because their homes, like most in their village in Badaun district, lacked toilets.

The attack sparked public outrage after the family complained of police apathy towards them because they came from a lower caste.

Media reports say the CBI’s decision was based on forensic tests that had ruled out sexual assault in the case.

India brought in tougher rape laws last year for crimes against women after the fatal gang-rape of a physiotherapy student on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012.



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