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India ex-minister held over gang rape allegation

Indian Christians attend a peace protest in Ahmedabad on March 20, 2015, in the wake of the gang-rape on an elderly nun. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus

A former minister in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has been arrested after accusations of involvement in a gang rape.

Gayatri Prajapati was arrested in the state capital, Lucknow, on Wednesday after being on the run for a month.

Police have registered a case against him and three others for allegedly gang-raping a woman and molesting her daughter, a minor, in 2014.

Mr Prajapati has denied all the allegations.

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A court has sent him into judicial custody for two weeks to allow police to question him.

The allegations were made against him 2014, but police registered a case only last month after protests from opposition parties and activists.

The former minister lost his seat in the recently concluded state assembly elections. His Samajwadi Party also suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.

Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus.

However, brutal sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported across the country.

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