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Dad, brother, uncle arrested in India after rape

11 April 2015, 17:44 Sujoy Dhar

Kolkata - Police said on Saturday that the father, uncle and brother of a 16-year-old girl in eastern India had been arrested after being accused of raping her repeatedly over a period of two years.

The girl told a school teacher in Dhupguri town in West Bengal state earlier after being too scared to speak out previously. She was taken to the police where she registered a complaint against the three men.

"Her father, a farmer aged around 50, allegedly raped her several times. She alleged that her uncle also raped her and lately her brother had also started," said a police spokesperson.

Police said the victim claimed she got pregnant twice but was forced to have abortions and that she attempted suicide four times. Her mother knew but kept silent, police said. The teenager is now in the custody of her aunt.

From child marriage and dowry killings to rape and domestic violence, Indian girls and women face numerous threats, say experts, largely because of age-old patriarchal attitudes that view them as inferior to men.

Public protests after the fatal gang rape of a woman on a Delhi bus in December 2012 jolted many in the world's second most populous country out of apathy and forced the government to enact stiffer penalties on gender crimes.

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