In this photograph taken on May 5, 2018, Indian relatives mourn following the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl on May 3, at Raja Kundra Village in Chatra district of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. / AFP / -
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Police have arrested 22 people in eastern India in three separate rape cases involving teenage girls, officials said Sunday, as grisly new attacks against women come to light despite tougher penalties.In addition to the two people who allegedly kidnapped and raped the girl on Thursday, police have also opened a case against 18 others. They include alleged members of the group that set fire to the house and members of the village council accused of failing to report the initial rape allegations to police.In neighboring Odisha state, police have also arrested six people including a juvenile for an alleged gang rape of a 14-year-old girl on Friday in the district of Sambalpur.Reported rape cases in India have climbed steadily in recent years to around 40,000 in 2016 .
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