BUDAUN, INDIA (NBC) - Police in Northern India arrested two suspects who allegedly gang-raped two teenage girls and hanged them from a tree.
The 14-year-old and 15-year-old cousins went missing from their village in India's Uttar Pradesh State Tuesday evening, May 27.
Villagers found their bodies hanging from a mango tree the following morning.
A senior police official Friday said two suspects had been arrested, and the search for a third suspect was ongoing.
The victims' families have accused police of shielding the attackers and refusing to take action when the girls were first reported missing.
Last night Thursday, the father of one of the victims demanded an inquiry by the federal police crime bureau of investigation.
Activists say sex crimes against women and young girls are widespread in India.
The country's government passed a tougher new law to punish sex crimes after the gang rape and subsequent death of a woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012 sparked international outrage.