2 teenage sisters serially Molested by attackers consisting of at least 2 policemen were found hanging from a mango tree. The girls who were 14 and 15 from rural India had gone into the fields to ease themselves as their was no toilet in their home but didn’t return. The girls’ father after noticing their disappearance went to lodge a complaint at the police station.
Villagers found the girls’ bodies hanging from the tree Wednesday morning, hours after they disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, police Superintendent Atul Saxena said Thursday. The girls, who were 14 and 15, had gone into the fields because there was no toilet in their home.
Hundreds of angry villagers stayed next to the tree for the rest of Wednesday, silently protesting the police response. Indian TV footage showed the villagers sitting under the girls’ bodies as they swung in the wind, and preventing authorities from taking them down from the tree until the suspects were arrested.
Katra is about 300 kilometres southwest of the state capital, Lucknow.
Police arrested two police officers and two men from the village later Wednesday and were searching for three more suspects.
Autopsies confirmed the girls had been Molested and strangled before being hung, Saxena said.
The villagers accused the chief of the local police station of ignoring a complaint by the girls’ father Tuesday night that the girls were missing. The station chief has since been suspended.