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Rape and killing of 3 young sisters shocks India

By Ashok Sharma

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:26 a.m. HST, Feb 22, 2013

NEW DELHI » Police were searching villages in western India today for suspects in the rape and killing of three young sisters, as Indians still angry over the fatal gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus in December face another heinous sexual attack.

The bodies of the sisters — aged 7, 9 and 11 — were found Feb. 16 in a village well in Bhandara district in Maharashtra after they had gone missing from school two days earlier, said police officer Abhinav Deshmukh. The area is more than 630 miles south of New Delhi, the capital.

The victims' mother said police did not take the case seriously and did nothing for several days until villagers held protests.

Deshmukh said today that 10 teams of 30 investigators were working on the case and that he was confident they would find the killers soon.

Police first dismissed the deaths as accidental, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. The girls' mother accused police of a shoddy investigation and said they did nothing for two days. Enraged villagers forced shops to close, burned tires and blocked a national highway passing in the area for hours earlier this week, demanding justice.

Police eventually registered a case of rape and murder after a post-mortem of the girls found that they had been sexually abused and brutally killed, PTI said.

One police officer has been suspended for not acting promptly, Indian Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel, who represents Bhandara district in Parliament, said Thursday.

Cabinet Minister Manish Tewari called the killings a "very, very heinous assault" and said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was sending $18,300 to the girls' family.

The case has horrified Indians two months after they were outraged by the gang rape and killing of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus.

The gang rape sparked nationwide protests about India's treatment of women and spurred the government to hurry through a new package of laws to protect them.

The gang rape victim and her male friend, who also was badly beaten up in the attack, were dumped naked on the roadside, and the woman died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. Five men are being tried on rape and murder charges in that case, while a sixth, who is underage, is in juvenile court.

A new law enacted by the government has increased the prison sentences for rape from the existing seven to 10 years to a maximum of 20 years. It also provides for the death penalty in extreme cases of rape that result in death or leave the victim in a coma.

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mrluke wrote:
So much for the legacy of Gandhi.
on February 22,2013 | 06:54AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Seems like that nation needs to work toward enlightenment.
on February 22,2013 | 07:05AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Yeah! This kind of stuff never happens in America.... (lets forget about that central park gang rape case, all the rapes in our own Military academies etc...)
on February 22,2013 | 07:46AM
nitpikker wrote:
india needs to grow out of its stone-age mentality. a lot of africa is just as bad.
on February 22,2013 | 07:13AM
saveparadise wrote:
A new age of violence is upon us all. We need to stop babying criminals. The punishment must fit the crime.
on February 22,2013 | 07:33AM
dlum003 wrote:
india can be disgusting
on February 22,2013 | 07:56AM
Ghandi is okay, he tried, just like MLK and MX. But like in any country, they do have "insane" people. KIDS, 3- SISTERS 7, 9 & 11. Now you know why our prisons in America dislike rapist. I'm talking about the killers, robbers, they all hate rapist. Rapist are cowards and should be dealt with deadly force.
on February 22,2013 | 10:13AM
hikine wrote:
What is it with India and rapes? Accidental deaths? come on now!
on February 22,2013 | 11:27AM
kaupena wrote:
Sick, sick, sick. I cannot imagine...
on February 22,2013 | 03:28PM
aomohoa wrote:
Unforgivable evil can exist in any country.
on February 22,2013 | 05:17PM
patk wrote:
Same story all around the world, People are scared, greedy, selfish animals.
on February 22,2013 | 08:39PM
sailfish1 wrote:
They need to hang these rapists in the center of New Delhi in plain view of the public with live country-wide television coverage. Make it clear to all Indians that these criminal acts will not be tolerated. What a disgusting act.
on February 22,2013 | 09:53PM
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