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Indian MP calls for men who raped and murdered vet to be publicly 'lynched'

MP Jaya Bachchan said the men who raped and murdered a 27-year-old vet in the city of Hyderabad should be "lynched". Source: Twitter

Outrage has grown again in India over the rape and murder of a 27-year-old vet, with an MP saying the men responsible should be "lynched".

This article contains references to sexual assault.

Hundreds of Indian protestors took to the streets on Monday as public anger grew over the gang-rape and murder of a female veterinary doctor, with one MP calling for the perpetrators to be "lynched".

The spark for the protests was the gang-rape and murder by four men of the 27-year-old vet next to a busy road in the outskirts of Hyderabad in southern India on Wednesday evening.

The men deflated a tyre on her moped and lured her to a truck yard with the promise of fixing it. Police say that the men then raped and murdered her before setting the body on fire with petrol under an isolated bridge.

In parliament, politicians on Monday also expressed their anguish, with Jaya Bachchan, a former actress and now an MP, saying the perpetrators should be "brought out in public and lynched".

Protesters in Amritsar hold placards during a demonstration seeking for justice for the rape case of a 27-year-old from Hyderabad
Protesters in Amritsar hold placards during a demonstration seeking for justice for the rape case of a 27-year-old from Hyderabad
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Another member demanded a sex offenders' registry and that rapists be castrated, as others blamed the immense backlog of cases in the Indian legal system for the rise in sexual violence.

Sexual violence against women is rife in India, and the latest case recalled the national and international outrage at the gang-rape and murder of a woman by six men on a Delhi bus in 2012.

The protests on Monday saw demonstrators brandish placards with slogans such as "We want justice".

Some covered their mouths with black cloth, demanding that the government provide security and punish the guilty.

"I am outraged because I don't want to live with that fear," Kawalpreet Kaur, a student at the New Delhi rally told AFP.

People take part in a protest over Hyderabad rape and murder case, in Mumbai, India
People take part in a protest over Hyderabad rape and murder case, in Mumbai, India
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Other marches were expected later on Monday, including in the eastern city of Kolkata.

On Saturday, police used force to disperse hundreds of protesters after they tried to storm into a police station in Hyderabad where the four accused were held.

They have since been charged.

More than 33,000 rapes were reported in India in 2017, according to the latest government figures that included more than 10,000 minor victims.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

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