Teenage Girls Found Hanging from Mango Trees
In what has seemed to be a week of sexual violence, another group of young girls has been murdered. In India, the bodies of two teenagers, ages 14 and 15, were found hanging from mango tree branches. The father has called it a conspiracy of the high-ranking Yadav caste in Katra, their village in India's northwestern state Uttar Pradesh.
The girls disappeared on Tuesday night, when a friend of the family's said he saw the girls with the owner of the mango orchard, Pappau Yadav, and his brothers. The girls had gone into the fields to use the toilet because they did not have one in their home. When their father reported them missing, two police officers teased him and ignored his request to search the Yadav house.
Upon discovering the bodies, hundreds of angry residents sat under the swinging corpses to prevent the authorities from taking them down, in an effort to demand the perpetrator's arrest. Police have arrested the two misbehaved police officers and the Yadav men for the gang-rape and murder of the girls.
India has received a great deal of attention regarding rape in recent years. In 2013 the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old on a moving New Delhi bus led to nationwide protests and the tightening of anti-rape laws. Rape in India is now a capital crime, whether the victim survives or not.
Studies show that rape is committed every 22 minutes in India. Recent records indicate that about 30 percent of women from low-income families face sexual assault when they venture out to use the restroom.
The girls were of the Dalit community, which is one of the lowest in India's caste system. Though laws protect them, the Dalit community still faces great discrimination in the country. Clearly the police force does not respect the needs of the lower caste and are in part responsible for the girls' deaths.