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Woman gang-raped again by same men

A student in Haryana, India, has been gang-raped for a second time by a group of men including some charged with sexually assaulting her three years earlier, an officer said yesterday.

The student was recovering in hospital.

Police said they were hunting for the five men, accused of abducting the 21-year-old student of the lowest Dalit social caste from outside her college before drugging and raping her in a car.

The student was found unconscious in bushes on the side of a highway last Wednesday night in Haryana state, which borders New Delhi, in the country's latest shocking sexual attack.

Haryana's Deputy Superintendent of Police Pushpa Khatri said the student, who is still in hospital, has identified all five men - two of whom are currently on bail awaiting trial for raping her in 2013.

"She has identified the five accused and two of them were involved in the gang-rape of the student in Bhiwandi district in 2013," Mr Khatri told AFP. "We have formed several teams to arrest the accused."

The woman's family has accused the five of threatening them in the lead-up to Wednesday's attack, demanding that they withdraw the rape case lodged after the 2013 assault.

SETTLEMENT

"The accused were constantly threatening us to compromise outside the court.

"They even offered us a hefty amount for settlement. But we didn't agree," the victim's brother was quoted by the Hindustan Times as saying.

The family also alleged they were forced to move to Rohtak district in the state from a neighbouring district after the 2013 attack because of harassment by the accused.

Members of the Dalit caste held small protests in Rohtak on Sunday to demand justice for the victim.

- AFP.

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