India Supreme Court orders investigation after tribal rape outcry | Reuters

India\’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered an investigation into the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman from an eastern tribal region by 13 men on the orders of a village court, a case that has sparked protests demanding swift justice.

Indian police personnel escort men (tied with rope), who are accused of a gang-rape, to a court at Birbhum district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

The woman, who is recovering in hospital, told police she was assaulted by the men on Monday night in the Birbhum district of West Bengal as punishment for violating rules of her tribe by having a relationship with a man from a different community.

The ruling by India\’s top court underscores the sensitivity of sexual violence issues following the fatal gang rape of a physiotherapist on a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012 – an attack that sparked nationwide demonstrations and political uproar.

In the West Bengal case, police said that the woman\’s male companion was tied up in the village square, while the assault on the woman happened in a mud house. The man has now gone missing from the village, relatives say.

via India Supreme Court orders investigation after tribal rape outcry | Reuters.

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