Onlookers sit at the site where two girls were hanged from a tree at Badaun district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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India's new home minister weighed in on Friday in a grisly case in which two teenage girls were raped and hanged from a tree this week, as public anger and political controversy over the attack gain momentum.Another Dalit teenage girl was gang-raped and strangled in the constituency of Yadav's father, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the leader of the regional Samajwadi party, on Thursday night, police said.Mayawati, an opposition leader in Uttar Pradesh whose party enjoys widespread Dalit support, slammed the rape and hangings as evidence of the "jungle raj" that ran the state and failed to impose law and order.This week's case underlined how women from lower castes were particularly vulnerable, human rights activists said.
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