According to ABC Online, the father of one of two girls, 14 and 12, respectively, gang-raped and lynched in northern India has refused compensation from the state government he blames for failing to stop the horrendous crime.
The father, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he only wanted justice for the men who attacked his daughter and niece, aged 14 and 12, who were found hanging from a tree on Wednesday (May 30).
The father made the comments after a string of politicians descended on the poor village in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh amid growing uproar over the attacks.
"We want the same treatment to the accused that they gave to our daughters - they should be hung from a tree," family members emphasized.
Five assailants involved in the gang-rape of the girls and their subsequent hanging have been arrested over the attack which occurred when the two cousins headed into a field on Tuesday night (May 29) to relieve themselves because their homes, like most in the village, do not have toilets.
Three of the rapists and two active duty police officers are accused of gang-rape and murder for failing to enforce their sworn duties.
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The two families both refused US$9,000 in compensation, an incredible amount of money in India. "We won't take it; the administration that could have saved my daughters and didn't," the father said on Sunday (June 1).
Rights groups and political opponents have accused the government in Uttar Pradesh, headed by chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, of failing to enforce crimes against women.
"In all of Uttar Pradesh there is no law and order...there is only "jungle" rule here."
Historically, there is a long history of women and girls from India's lowest castes being sexually abused by people from Indian nationals of higher castes.