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Thirteen Arrested in West Bengal Gang-Rape Case

Indian police personnel escort men, tied with rope, who are accused of a gang-rape, to a court at Birbhum district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Jan. 23, 2014.Indian police personnel escort men, tied with rope, who are accused of a gang-rape, to a court at Birbhum district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Jan. 23, 2014.
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Indian police personnel escort men, tied with rope, who are accused of a gang-rape, to a court at Birbhum district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Jan. 23, 2014.
Indian police personnel escort men, tied with rope, who are accused of a gang-rape, to a court at Birbhum district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Jan. 23, 2014.
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Authorities in India say 13 people have been arrested after a woman allegedly was gang-raped on orders of a village council because she fell in love with a man from a different ethnic group.

They say the alleged incident took place earlier this week in a remote village in West Bengal state.     

Reports from the area suggest that the woman is a member of an ethnic tribal group and the man is a Muslim from a neighboring village.  

Kishwar Jahan, a women's rights activist in the state where the attack took place, told VOA's Bangla service that violence against women is on the rise in her state.

Birbhum District, West Bengal, IndiaBirbhum District, West Bengal, India
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Birbhum District, West Bengal, India
Birbhum District, West Bengal, India
"Unfortunately, I cannot deny that atrocities against women have increased and I am sorry to say that West Bengal stood first in atrocities against women in India," she said.

Jahan said this particular act is even more troubling. "This incident is very unfortunate because those who should look after the people are the ones who have given the order to rape this girl."

The council that allegedly ordered the rape is made up of the village elders. Such councils are not legally binding in India, but are seen as the will of the community.

Police official C. Sudhakar said the village council ordered the man and woman to each pay a fine of 25,000 rupees, or $400. He said the man's family was able to pay, but when the woman's family said it was too poor, the council ordered the gang rape.

Violence against women has received increasing attention in India in the past year. Reports of several gang rapes, including one that resulted in the death of a student in late 2012, have at times brought protesters to the streets, calling for greater law enforcement and tougher punishments for men who harass and attack women.

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by: mgmg from: burma
January 24, 2014 12:38 AM
India is the worst country in the world...


by: Johnson from: chennai
January 23, 2014 11:31 PM
The major problem is the pagan religion practiced here. In one of the Indian epic being Mahabharata, here, One women is married to five men. Also, in India, child prostitution is connected to religious practice called DevaDasi. Notorious custom like Sati (wife burnt alive in the husbands funeral) was also exercised as a ritual some years before. But banned now. Child Marriage, infanticide, foeticide. No place for women here. Sin in the name of Religion, culture and tradition. Big mouths everywhere here. Worst than Iran and North Korea.


by: Filipe from: Europe
January 23, 2014 9:50 AM
India became famous in my country as the women rape country. In my Company, we were planning last year a Touristic Travel to India for August 2014 but we changed the Destiny after all these news about rape and murder that came to us.


by: lanae from: southside
January 23, 2014 7:40 AM
Lock they dumb ass up put the key under they cell.I hate when a man takesomething.from a women that a no no lock they ass up wow that sad

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by: Allu Akbar from: Saudi Arabia
January 26, 2014 11:12 AM
wot?


by: kelly taylor from: austin texas
January 23, 2014 7:35 AM
The nightmare these two women have suffered is eclipsed only by the thought of the offenders somehow escaping punishment for this hideous crime. Who has the authority to hand down justice? The chief minister? I sincerely hope this man, unlike the perpetrators of these acts of horrendous violence, has a conscience, and a heart.


by: amanuel from: sweeden
January 23, 2014 7:22 AM
It's verry shamefull even if they don't have a women they should remember that they have a mother justice for all the victims

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