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13 Arrested in West Bengal Gang Rape

Police in India's West Bengal state say 13 men have been arrested as suspects in the gang rape of a young woman, allegedly acting on orders of the local village council.

A local police official said Thursday that woman told police that the Subalpur village council ordered her earlier this week to pay a fine for having an affair with a man of a different religion. She said when her family said it could not afford the fine, the council ordered the gang rape. Police said the woman identified all 13 attackers.

The woman is in a hospital in Birbhum district. The Associated Press reports her condition as serious.

Last month India marked the one-year anniversary of the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi. She later died of her injuries.

The case sparked widespread protests.

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