Two held in India for teen’s rape and murder

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Rapes have continued unabated despite a change of India’s rape laws

A 13-year-old girl has been raped and murdered in India.

Her body was found in a sugarcane field in northern Uttar Pradesh state, police said on Saturday. Two neighbours in the village have been arrested.

Police have denied the father’s account that his daughter had had her eyes gouged out and her tongue cut.

Rape and sexual violence have been under the spotlight in India since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in the capital, Delhi.

That attack led to huge protests and changes to the country’s rape laws, but there has been no sign of crimes against women and girls abating.

According to recent crime figures, every fourth rape victim in India is a child. In an overwhelming number of rape cases, the victims know the perpetrators.

The latest incident occurred late on Friday in Pakaria village in the Lakhimpur Kheri district, police said.

The family went searching for their dau

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