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Two men arrested in India after woman raped for second time

Published 20/07/2016

Violence against women in India has led to a public outcry following the 2012 gang rape of a woman aboard a bus in New Delhi
Violence against women in India has led to a public outcry following the 2012 gang rape of a woman aboard a bus in New Delhi

Police in northern India have arrested two men for allegedly raping a young woman for the second time in three years after she refused to withdraw the case against them.

The woman, a college student in her early 20s, is in a stable condition in hospital in Haryana state following last week's attack, senior police officer Sanjay Kumar Singh said.

After the woman was first raped in 2013, three men were arrested. Two of them were freed on bail pending the outcome of the trial, which is ongoing. Mr Singh said those two were among five men who gang-raped the woman again last week.

The woman, from a poor family, had been raped in 2013 in Bhiwani, a town in Haryana. Her family moved to another town in Haryana, Rohtak, after they were threatened by the suspects.

The accused, who face life sentences if convicted in the first case, allegedly offered five million rupees (£56,500) to the woman's family to drop the rape complaint, the NDTV news channel reported.

The woman told police she was gang-raped again on July 13 because she was unwilling to withdraw the case.

According to Mr Singh, the woman was abducted from outside her college in Rohtak, which is 55 miles west of New Delhi, and raped by the men.

She was then dumped at a desolate spot in the town, and p olice found her unconscious and took her to hospital.

The incident highlights the persistence of violence against women in India despite a public outcry following the gang rape of a woman aboard a bus in New Delhi in December 2012 which led to stronger laws against sexual assault.

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