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The Indian Government strengthened laws on sexual violence last year following widespread outcry over the deadly gang rape of a student on a Delhi bus. But more atrocious sex crimes are being reported now in Uttar Pradesh.
On May 29 two young teenaged girls who had been gang raped were found hanged by the neck from a tree in Badaun district – prompting a new wave of countrywide protests against sexual violence. This atrocity was followed by a number of similar cases and others that involved hanging alone. One rape reportedly occurred inside a police station in the same state where the teens were hanged. More recently two more teenaged girls were raped at knife-point while staying in a church-run hostel in southern Tamil Nadu state.
All of the teen victims were believed to be under age 13. Though reports say these sex crimes, especially in Uttar Pradesh. are not new, the growing public outrage over them is bringing more cases to light.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the press protection of India’s women should be a priority. Tell Modi to change “should” to “must,” and make sure to follow through.
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Author: Susan V
Target: India Prime Minister Narendra Modi