Silchar is a city of about 180,000 in that remote part of India that is east of Bangladesh and borders onto Burma (Myanmar). The city was so politically stable that Indira Ghandi called it an Island of Peace.
|Silchar with the Barak River winding around it|
The family members frantically searched for them but failed.
The next morning, a relative of one of the girls spotted the bodies hanging from a tree. The tree is located 2km from the India-Bangladesh border.
Locals suspect that the girls were first raped and then killed to cover up the crime.
In Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district, two teenaged cousins were gang-raped and hanged from a tree in Katra Sadatganj village, a crime that grabbed global headlines.
|The hanging tree in Uttar Pradesh|
“A police team had gone to the area yesterday [on Thursday] after being informed by the locals. We have recovered the bodies and sent those for postmortem and forensic test,” he said.
“We are waiting for the postmortem report ...which can only confirm the exact cause of death and if there are any rape angle,” Singh said.
Gang arrested for threatening woman with snake and raping her
Hyderabad: The National Women’s Commission issued a notice to the Cyberabad Police Commissioner to submit a report about the “snake gang” notorious for threatening women with snakes and raping them. The matter came to light recently with Cyberabad police arresting seven members of the gang active in Pahadi Shareef area of Hyderabad.
Yes, Cyberabad (Cyber City) is a real place. Consisting of 20 square miles within the city of Hyderabad, it is a world class IT zone. Hyderabad is also sometimes called Cyberabad.
|Cyber Towers, Hyderabad|
Police said the gang had attacked the woman in a farmhouse in the Shaheen Nagar area where she was staying with her fiancee. The gang, which entered the farmhouse by scaling a wall, first overpowered her fiancee and tied him before attacking the woman.
“The gang members terrorised her with a big snake, which one member of the gang was carrying. She was allegedly raped by four members of the gang,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Shamshabad Sudarshan said. The woman, whose marriage was due shortly, was also tortured brutally.
Police said the gang shot the scenes of their crime with a mobile phone and threatened to publish the video on Facebook if she lodged a complaint with the police.
She also tried to commit suicide after the incident but was saved.
Even as the police were investigating the case, the Women’s Commission has directed the Cyberabad police to submit a detailed report about all the activities of the gang as there were reports that it might have also targeted other women in a similar way.
Police suspect that this gang was involved in at least 11 such cases of rapes in Barkas and surrounding areas in Hyderabad. However only in the latest case the victims dared to come forward and lodge a complaint with the police.
Police say some members of the gang were already arrested in connection with other anti-social activities. While seven members have already been arrested, a search was on for two others.