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In India, a history of high-profile rapes

The death of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student who was savagely beaten and gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi last month has spurred widespread protests and debate about violence against women. Here are some other past high-profile rape cases in India, as reported in Indian news media:

Hetal Parekh, 14, was raped and killed by Dhananjay Chatterjee, a guard in her apartment building, in Kolkata. Chatterjee was hanged in 2004.

Bhanwari Devi was gang-raped in Rajasthan as a punishment for protesting the traditional practice of child marriage. The case is still dragging on in court. Two of the accused have died.

A 16-year old girl from Suryanelli was raped continuously for 40 days by 42 men in Kerala. Although a special court sentenced 35 men to prison terms, the state high court acquitted all of them. Last week, the Supreme Court said it will hear an appeal of the acquittal.

Priyadarshini Mattoo, a 25-year old law student was raped and strangled to death at her home in New Delhi. The accused was sentenced to life in prison in 2010.

A Swiss diplomat who left an auditorium in Delhi after attending an international film festival was pushed into a car and raped by two men.

Manorama Thangjam Chanu was gang-raped and killed by members of the Indian army in Manipur after they arrested her on charges of links with rebels. The incident sparked massive protests against the army.

Pratibha Murthy, a call-center employee in Bangalore, was raped and murdered by a cab driver who was driving her home from work. The driver is serving a life sentence.

Two Japanese tourists were allegedly drugged and raped by three men who had lured them into a hotel in Agra.

An American student studying at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai was raped by six men whom she went out with to a party in a hotel. The court acquitted the men in 2010, saying the victim was not "wholly reliable."

Nayana Pujari, an IT employee, was gang-raped and killed in Pune. The prime suspect accused in the case escaped from police custody and has not yet been traced.



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