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November 28, 2013

Police cast doubt on 'gang rape' claims in Assam

Death of 31-year-old woman sparked widespread protests after reports of alleged brutal gang rape.

Indian activists hold posters and banners as they walk during a protest march against violence on women in Calcutta, India on November 25, 2013. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY

Authorities are casting doubt on the evidence of an alleged gang rape, which has sparked outrage and days of protests in the Indian state of Assam. 
A 31-year-old woman in Lakhimpur district was thrown out of an autorickshaw on Friday, and died later in the hospital. Reports suggested the woman had been raped by three men, beaten with an iron rod, and possibly had her eyes gouged out, before being thrown out of the vehicle. 
The incident has been compared to the brutal December 2012 gang rape in New Delhi, which led to widespread protests and a national conversation about violence against women. Since that attack last year there have been several incidents of violence against girls and women.