Second autopsy ordered in case of Indian cousins who were raped, killed, hanged from tree

Published: July 8, 2014
Katra village sisters

In this Wednesday, May 28, 2014 image taken from video, villagers, left, sit in silent protest under the bodies of two teenage sisters hanging from a tree in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, India. (AP Photo/NNIS via AP Video)

BISWAJEET BANERJEE
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LUCKNOW, India — Federal investigators plan to exhume the bodies of two teenage girls raped and killed by attackers who hanged their bodies from a tree in northern India six weeks ago, a police official said Tuesday.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s FBI, sought the permission of the girls’ families to conduct a second autopsy. The cousins’ bodies were found on May 28 in their tiny home village of Katra, about 300 kilometres (180 miles) from Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh state capital.

State investigators had conducted an autopsy soon after the bodies were found. However, the examination “left many questions unanswered,” making the second autopsy necessary, the police official said. He did not give any details.

The police official was speaking on customary condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The families of the girls demanded the killings be investigated by the federal agency to ensure impartiality.

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Five men arrested in connection with the deaths and the girls’ family members have undergone lie-detector tests in the past week. The tests were conducted by the CBI as part of their investigation.

India has a long history of tolerance of sexual violence, but the attack on the girls has caused outrage across the nation. Public anger was reminiscent of the reaction to the December 2012 fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman aboard a moving bus in New Delhi, India’s capital.

After that attack, the federal government changed India’s sex crime laws, doubling prison terms for rapists to 20 years and criminalizing voyeurism, stalking and the trafficking of women. The law also makes it a crime for officers to refuse to open cases when complaints are made.

09:15ET 08-07-14

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