Two girls gang-raped and hung from tree in India

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Two teenage girls in India were raped and killed by attackers who then hung them from a mango tree early Wednesday morning, in another example of brutal sexual attacks plaguing India.

The bodies of the girls, ages 14 and 15, were found near their home in Katra village in Budaun, Uttar Pradesh hours after they had gone missing.

It was reported that four men have since been arrested in relation to the case. And two of these men are said to be police officers. 

The girls, believed to be cousins, had left their home to go to the fields because there wasn't a toilet at home.

When they did not return, relatives began looking for them. One of the girls' father had filed a missing persons report with the local police chief but the report was ignored.

Villagers reportedly protested the callous police response by blocking the roads and refusing to allow the authorities to remove the bodies from the tree until charges of rape and murder were filed against several men.

Local police officers have also been suspended from duty for their initial inaction.

Despite tightened anti-rape laws that make gang-rape punishable by death, records still show that rape is committed every 22 minutes in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people.

Sources: Times of India, LA Times, CNN