India policewomen detain 10-year-old rape victim

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image captionAttacks on women are getting more attention after December's fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi

Two women police constables in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have been suspended for detaining an alleged rape victim, 10, police have said.

The girl had gone to the police station with her mother to lodge a rape complaint when she was detained.

She was released after several hours when local residents protested against her detention, her family alleged.

Attacks on women and girls are getting more attention after December's fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi.

Last month, India passed a new law detailing harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty.

The latest incident was reported from Meerpur village, in Bulandshahr district, senior police officer Gulab Singh was reported as saying.

The girl was found lying unconscious in a field by her parents who alleged that she was raped by a 24-year-old local man.

Mr Singh said the alleged rapist had been arrested and a case had been registered against him.

He said action was also being taken against two sub-inspectors deployed at the police station.

Cases like this have caused outrage in India, with many calling for the need to sensitise the police.

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