The state of Uttar Pradesh is India's most populous region. This year it has become infamous for a high rate of brutal rapes and murders of women, and ineffectual policing, after two teenaged girls were raped and hung from a tree in May. Public anger and political controversy over the attacks are gaining momentum, as a culture of sexual assault in India and incidents of violence between Hindu castes, is revealed to the world.

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