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Mother and 13 Year Old Daughter Dragged from Car and Raped in India



director general of police Javeed Ahmad (front right) visits scene of crime on Sunday.

Uttar Pradesh director general of police Javeed Ahmad (front right) visits scene of crime on Sunday.



BULANDSHAHR – Authorities in India have reported that a mother and her 13-year-old daughter were allegedly dragged out of their car and then gang-raped by a group of five men near a highway in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, just 65 kilometres from Delhi, on Friday.

They were travelling to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh with their family on Friday night. Soon after they entered Bulandshahr, their car was hit with a blunt object. As they stopped, the group allegedly attacked the family and dragged them to a nearby field and looted their cash, jewellery and mobile phones.

They then allegedly tied the men with ropes and raped the woman and her daughter, a senior police officer from Bulandshahr said. One of the family members, who managed to untie the ropes, reported the matter to police next morning.

15 suspects have been detained and are being questioned. Police say they have identified the main accused. 15 police teams are conducting searches in Bulandshahr and Meerut to arrest him.

No arrests have been made yet but a special police team has been formed to find the accused.

The officer in charge of the police station in the area where incident happened has been suspended; his senior has been transferred. There was a police post just 100 metres away from the spot where the car was stopped.

Women’s groups have slammed local authorities and police in India for not doing enough to curb sexual crimes in a recent spate of violent attacks on women.

Last week, a 14-year-old girl from a lower-caste community died after being raped twice by the same man.

On July 26th a four-year-old girl who was playing outside her house when a 30-year-old man lured her with a cold drink and raped her. The 30-year-old man was sentenced to 14 days in judicial custody.

Sex crimes and attacks on women have been the focus of much public attention in India since the gang-rape and murder of a student on a New Delhi bus in 2012.

India introduced tougher anti-rape laws following the case, but activists say little has changed in attitudes towards sexual assault, adding that attacks on women and girls continue unabated.

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