12 Jun 2014

Another woman found hanged in India

7:57 pm on 12 June 2014

A 19-year-old woman has been found hanging from a tree in a village in northern India, the third such case in weeks in Uttar Pradesh state.

The body was found in the Moradabad area, about three hours' drive from Delhi. Her family told police that had been raped. A post-mortem examination is under way, the BBC reports.

The recent rape cases have sparked marches against violence towards women.

The recent rape cases have sparked marches against violence towards women. Photo: AFP

On Wednesday, a 44-year-old woman was found hanging from a tree in the Bahraich area.

Police said she had been threatened by locals for selling liquor in the area and her family filed a case naming five people connected to her death. Her family alleged she was gang raped, but her post-mortem proved inconclusive.

In May, the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls who were found hanging in a mango tree in similar circumstances in Badaun district sparked outrage in India.

Three suspected attackers have been held in that case, along with two policemen accused of dereliction of duty and criminal conspiracy.

Uttar Pradesh is home to 200 million people, which has led some there to describe it as the world's largest failing state, the BBC reports.

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said protecting women should be a priority.

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 the attack.