Angry calls for lynching of rapists

World | REUTERS 3 Dec 2019

Protests over the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor spread to cities across India yesterday as people demanded tough and swift punishments, including public lynchings, to stop crimes against women.

The woman was raped, asphyxiated and her dead body then set alight last week on the outskirts of the southern city of Hyderabad, according to police. Four men have been arrested in connection with the crime.

Protesters and lawmakers said they wanted authorities to ensure that rape cases were speedily processed and those convicted punished instantly, similar to demands that were raised after the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi in 2012 that had caused outrage and international condemnation.

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