India women: Arrests over 'revenge rape' in Jharkhand

Demonstration against rape in India Image copyright AP
Image caption Public protests have continued since the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi in December 2012

A teenage girl in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has been raped in apparent revenge for an alleged assault on another woman, police say.

Three people were arrested, including a village head who is accused of approving the alleged crime.

The 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped this week after her brother was accused of assaulting a woman.

Violence against women remains deeply entrenched while calls to address the problem have grown in recent years.

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

The government tightened laws on sexual violence last year after widespread protests following that attack.


In the latest incident, the village head was arrested along with the alleged rapist himself and the brother of the girl.

"This rape happened out of retaliation," Jharkhand police chief Rajiv Kumar told the BBC.

"The day before, on 6 July, the wife of the accused was the victim of misbehaviour on the part of the girl's brother. The head of the village was instrumental in provoking this rape on the victim."

The girl was taken to hospital after the attack and has given a statement to the police.

Mr Kumar said he had never heard of any case like it on his watch, but this is the the latest in a string of gruesome incidents involving the rape of young girls in India.

In May two teenage girls found hanging from a tree in a village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh had been allegedly gang-raped.

Earlier this year, a 20-year-old tribal woman was gang-raped in eastern West Bengal state - allegedly on the orders of village elders who had objected to her relationship with a man.

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