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    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/cri...to-online-trap

    A self-styled "creep catcher" who publicly shamed, filmed and posted to the internet images of his "citizen's arrests" of purported paedophiles could soon be released from jail.

    Connor Bevins, 22, quickly gained an online following of thousands for his "Palmy Creep Catchers" Facebook and Youtube posts of him confronting men he claimed were meeting under-age girls and boys for sex.

    But in some cases he'd told people he'd lured into his trap, using dating websites or apps, the people they thought they were speaking to were over the legal age for sex.

    In other cases, he'd pretended to be younger than 16, but his targets didn't believe him, in one case because they'd seen Bevins' profile picture.

    Some of the men he'd posted video online of had suicidal thoughts afterwards and one died by suicide 20 days after the video of Bevins confronting him was published.

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    In April, Bevins was jailed for two years and eight months for posting harmful digital communications, but in a just-released decision, the High Court has granted Bevins' appeal against the sentence.

    Justice Francis Cooke instead imposed a sentence of two years' jail, giving Bevins permission to apply to the district court for home detention instead, which would be for 12 months.

    The judge ruled the district court was too harsh in the "starting point" it adopted for sentencing calculations.

    But Cooke said the offending was at the "upper end of the scale".

    In the case of the man who died by suicide, Bevins had chatted with him online, purporting to be a 25-year-old woman.

    When the man turned up to the arranged meeting place with the "woman", outside the Palmerston North courthouse, Bevins approached the car, opened the door and yelled: "We're here from Palmy Creep Catchers. You're here to meet a 15-year-old girl for underage sex."

    Bevins later told police the man "should have a bullet in his head".

    Cooke said in all but one case the men lured by Bevins had no reason to believe they might have been chatting online with someone underage, and the person who thought they were talking with someone underage was clear no sex could take place.

    "Mr Bevins was engaged in vigilante action and he involved other persons in the retribution action that was involved," Cooke said.

    "The actions assumed guilt and ran the risk of erroneous victimisation. This is a particularly concerning aspect of the offending. In the present case, the victims were innocent of having committed any offences."

    Cooke did not agree with defence lawyer William Kronast that Bevins should have received a larger discount than three months for mental health problems, on top the discounts he received for his youth.

    Bevins suffers symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after "severe trauma" in his childhood.

    "As a child, Mr Bevins was emotionally and physically neglected by his parents and subject to sexual abuse. He also has a long history of substance abuse."

    Cooke said Bevins now had a good understanding of his mental health problems.

    Bevins has past convictions for breaching supervision and community work sentences, which Cooke said suggested a risk Bevins wouldn't comply with home detention conditions.

    "Mr Bevins has displayed a callous attitude towards his offending and appears to justify his actions on the basis of his history of sexual abuse and is adamant his actions were well-intentioned."

    However, Cooke said it wasn't too late for Bevins to turn his life around and undergo counselling for past trauma and substance problems.

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    https://www.apnews.com/29eefa28f74c43358eb2df99ad1c5a8a

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vigilante attacks and mob justice appeared to be on the rise in Mexico this week as violence mounted, more than two dozen bodies appeared along roadsides and the government ruled out any new crackdown on criminal gangs.

    Prosecutors in the northern state of Sinaloa said Thursday five young men have been murdered in recent days, and in all five cases toy cars were carefully placed atop their corpses. The men were apparently car thieves, and the toys indicated both the reason they were killed and served as a warning to other thieves.

    The latest such murder came Wednesday. Prosecutors said the victim had been identified as the same man seen on security camera footage earlier that day stealing a pickup truck at gunpoint from a woman outside her home in the state capital, Culiacan.


    That same day, a total of seven suspected kidnappers were killed by townspeople in the largest mass lynching in recent memory in the central state of Puebla. Some were beaten, some hanged.

    The National Human Rights Commission said 43 people have been killed in lynchings so far this year, and 173 injured. That was up from the already-record year for mob justice in 2018.

    “Those who take justice into their own hands commit acts of barbarism, not justice,” the commission said.

    Vigilantes say they have to act because authorities won’t crack down on criminal gangs, which have become more brazen and have begun returning to the grisly mass executions that marked Mexico’s 2006-2012 drug war.

    On Thursday, the notoriously violent Jalisco cartel killed 19 people whose bodies — in some cases dismembered — were left hanging from an overpass and strewn along a highway in the western state of Michoacan. Another set of four dismembered bodies were found in plastic garbage bags the same day on a highway in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, and a few hours later, five more bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags elsewhere in the state.

    It was in Michoacan that Mexico’s last big anti-gang offensive was launched in 2006; and it was also in Michoacan where the country’s biggest vigilante movement was started in 2013. Back then, farmers and ranchers rose up in arms to drive the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel out of the state with the help of the army and federal police.

    Elements of those government forces have now been merged into the National Guard, a force that, under President Andr?s Manuel L?pez Obrador, has been loath to confront residents and criminals, in part because L?pez Obrador discourages the use of force.


    In July, villagers protecting fuel thieves in Puebla shoved aside armed National Guard forces and burned two of their patrol vehicles. In May, an armed gang in Michoacan abducted five soldiers to demand their army unit return illegal weapons soldiers had seized from the gang. L?pez Obrador later personally congratulated the unit for avoiding violence.

    Hip?lito Mora, one of the founders of the 2013 Michoacan vigilante movement, said such tactics appear unlikely to work against violent, heavily armed cartels.

    “The authorities should give the armed forces more leeway, not limit them, not allow organized crime gangs to throw stones at them and burn their vehicles,” said Mora, who now has returned to working his lime orchards but still has the weapons he used in the vigilante movement.

    “They (the cartels) grow when they are not stopped and the armed forces don’t defend themselves,” Mora said. “They say, ‘We can do whatever we want.’”

    But L?pez Obrador said Friday he won’t be drawn into the kind of army offensive that then-President Felipe Calderon launched against the cartels in 2006, when he sent troops to Michoacan. Over 100,000 homicides occurred in the next several years.

    “We are not going to fall into the trap of declaring war like they did before,” L?pez Obrador. “That is what led us to this situation of crime and violence.”

    Instead, the president vowed to continue with programs to give youths jobs, training and education programs so they won’t be recruited by drug cartels.

    “We are going to continue treating the root causes of the violence,” he said. “Peace and tranquility are the products of justice, and that may take time, but it is the best strategy.”

    L?pez Obrador said he’s well aware of the historical parallels.

    “It was precisely there, in Michoacan, where they declared war on drug trafficking, and they kicked a hornets’ nest, and that caused a lot of suffering and damage for the people of Mexico.”

    Mexico is still grappling with the lingering tragedy of the last drug war: the search for over 40,000 people who disappeared, never to be seen again. Relatives and activists have taken up the search themselves, digging in clandestine grave sites used by drug and kidnapping gangs.

    On Thursday, activists declared they had closed the largest, longest such excavation carried out to date, a total of 156 burial pits excavated over three years that contained at least 298 bodies and thousands of bone fragments.

    Relatives expressed certainty that no bodies remained in the vast burial field known as Colinas de Santa Fe in Veracruz state.

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    https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/arti...in-mob-justice

    Two boda boda riders have been charged with killing a man suspected to be behind a spate of crime.
    A public inquest probing the death of the victim linked them to the attack.
    Benson Wasike and Bonface Sifuna were charged with lynching Lazarus Wanjala, 45, on November 3, 2018 at Sidikho Village, Navakholo Sub-County.
    SEE ALSO :Man shoots dead three children in family row

    The two, according to court papers, were alleged to have picked the deceased and linked him with criminal activities, beat him jointly with others not before court.
    Prior to his death, the deceased is said to have separated with his wife over domestic wrangles.
    Wanjala warned that he would set the woman's parents' house ablaze if she did not return.
    He made true his threats and burned the house in October 2018, killing livestock by stabbing them at night.
    The actions are said to have infuriated the residents, making them mount a manhunt for him to revenge.
    SEE ALSO :Ngilu tells court she saw her friend die

    Wasike, 41, and Sifuna, 26, are said to have accosted the deceased in Dorofu village, Bungoma.
    They ferried him to Navakholo where they allegedly assaulted him with crude weapons.
    The area assistant chief notified officers from the Navakholo Police Station, who found the body burned.
    Initially, it was reported to be a mob justice but a public inquest was instituted to probe the murder.
    Meanwhile, the body was taken to Kakamega County General Hospital for autopsy.
    SEE ALSO :Nyeri Magistrate Pauline Chesang out on bail

    The inquest pointed an accusing finger at the two, who were said to have been the last people seen with Wanjala.
    The body had severe burns.
    The two were arrested eight months after the incident, where they were subjected to a psychiatric test to ascertain whether they were fit to stand trial.
    Wasike and Sifuna denied the murder charge before High Court judge Jesse Njagi.
    They were granted Sh500,000 bond with a surety of similar amount each.
    SEE ALSO :Locals burn houses demanding justice for murdered girl, 10

    Their case will be heard on November 21.

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    https://www.recordonline.com/news/20...trial-underway

    David Carlson is on trial again for the shooting of an accused rapist.

    GOSHEN — A prosecutor delivered his opening statement Thursday in Orange County Court in the new manslaughter trial of a Deerpark man who shot and killed a fugitive in 2013.

    David Carlson, 48, shot and killed Norris Acosta-Sanchez, 35, of Ramapo, outside a neighbor’s home on Old Plank Road in the hamlet of Sparrowbush. Carlson and his lawyer, Benjamin Ostrer, contend that Carlson fired twice in self-defense as he perceived that Acosta-Sanchez, who was wanted on a second-degree rape warrant and who had eluded police for three days, lunged for him.

    At the time, Carlson had marched the wanted man from his own home and up the road at the point of a shotgun. The defense says he wanted a neighbor to call 911.

    A jury cleared Carlson of a murder charge in 2016 but convicted him of first-degree manslaughter. Earlier this year, he won a new trial on appeal on the first- and second-degree manslaughter counts from the indictment. Carlson opted for a bench trial this time, so Judge Robert Freehill will weigh the law and the evidence and determine the verdict.

    On Thursday, the special prosecutor, Westchester County Deputy District Attorney Timothy Ward, made his opening statement, reiterating the prosecution’s position that instead of calling police or 911 when Acosta-Sanchez showed up at his door on Oct. 11, 2013, Carlson decided to take matters into his own hands. Ward said that by Carlson’s own statement to police, Acosta-Sanchez begged and pleaded to be let go as Carlson marched him up the road, twice firing the gun into the ground to compel Acosta-Sanchez to move.

    The first shot from Carlson’s Remington pump-action shotgun struck Acosta-Sanchez in the left arm, Ward said, and the wounded man reached his right arm to his left shoulder and yelled at Carlson for shooting him.

    “The defendant then racked what he knew to be his last round of ammunition — racked the weapon — and fired at the left side of Norris’ head, killing him instantly,” Ward said.

    Ostrer will make his opening statement when the trial resumes on Sept. 24. Freehill scheduled out 11 dates from late September through late October for trial testimony. Carlson remains free on bond.

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    https://ktla.com/2019/08/16/corona-m...hild-predator/

    A Corona man says he fears going outside after being attacked Thursday at a bar in Norco by men who mistook him for the perpetrator in a child annoyance case.

    Corona police have confirmed Kevin Martin is not the man who made sexual comments to an 11-year-old girl the morning of May 22.

    Kevin Martin is seen at left, and at right is the composite sketch of a child annoyance suspect released May 23, 2019, by the Corona Police Department.
    Kevin Martin is seen at left, and at right is the composite sketch of a child annoyance suspect released May 23, 2019, by the Corona Police Department.

    When investigators released a computer-generated composite sketch of the suspect the day after the incident, Martin commented on a social media post from the department saying it looked like him and he wanted to clear himself, according to Sgt. Chad Fountain.

    Detectives interviewed Martin and determined he wasn't the culprit. He was never considered a suspect, Fountain said.

    But Thursday night, Martin says two men approached him outside Slick's bar in Norco's Hamner Square Shopping Center.

    "He had his phone on him and he said, 'This is you, isn't it? We don't allow your kind here,' " Martin told KTLA. "The other guy starts pushing me and says, 'You know, I got a daughter.' "

    Martin claims one of them told him, "I kill people like this," despite his insistence that it wasn't him.

    The victim says he was strangled and punched at least 20 times.

    Riverside County sheriff's officials said one person was arrested on suspicion of battery at the bar that night.

    Martin is now recovering from his injuries at home.

    Corona police, meanwhile, continue to search for the child annoyance suspect.

    Officials say the man targeted the young student as she was walking near the corner of Curry Court and Parkview Drive, not far from Corona Ranch Elementary School.

    The case is stagnant and investigators haven't received any new leads, Fountain said.

    Police describe the perpetrator as a Latino man in his 20s with a thin build, black hair and brown eyes. He may have a golden retriever and has been seen in a blue vehicle with tinted windows, possibly a Toyota Prius hatchback.

    Anyone with information can contact Detective Mark DeRuyter at 951-279-3574 or Mark.DeRuyter@CoronaCA.gov.

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    Free Aubery Thomas Harrison and Bruce Tamatea!!

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-sta...eclined-parole

    A man who took part in the vigilante killing of a convicted paedophile with his uncle and another woman has been denied an early release from prison.

    But when he is released from prison, he wants to live away from the small town he committed murder in.

    Aubrey Thomas Harrison is serving a life sentence for the murder of Glen Stinson in Foxton in July 2007.

    Harrison's 12-year minimum term ended in August, making him eligible for parole.

    Harrison, his uncle Bruce Raymond Tamatea and a woman with name suppression killed Stinson after he was found sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl at a party in Palmerston North.

    The woman attacked Stinson, a convicted paedophile awaiting trial at the time of his death for raping a young girl, before saying she was going to kill him.

    The three killers put Stinson in a car and drove him to Foxton - something the woman told her trial was a plan to scare him.

    Tamatea said they only wanted to give Stinson a beating before leaving him in the small Horowhenua town.

    Instead, Stinson was beaten to death, hit in the head with a hammer, stomped on and choked to death by Tamatea.

    His body was left outside a poultry farm.

    According to Stuff reports from the time of the murder, Stinson's family did not claim his body after his post-mortem.

    Furthermore, he only met his eldest son for the first time in Manawatū Prison; his son was also a sex offender.

    Stinson first sexually offended when 17, before racking up another 10 sex convictions and breaching his bail after being found watching pupils outside Palmerston North Boys' High School.

    Tamatea pleaded guilty to murder, and told the trial of Harrison and the woman he was the only person to inflict violence on Stinson.

    "I had the hammer, I used the hammer. It was only supposed to be a bash," he said.

    But the jury found Harrison guilty of murder - he was also involved in the assault - and the woman guilty of manslaughter.

    According to the report from Harrison's first parole hearing, provided to Stuff by the Parole Board, he was assessed as being at high risk of reoffending despite 12 years behind bars.

    He has a six-page-long criminal history for violence, drugs and disobeying court orders, and six previous prison sentences.

    His early prison behaviour was just as poor, including involvement with drugs, but had turned things around since 2016, the board said.

    He spent time in a self-care unit, had no drug issues or misconducts, and was a good worker making progress.

    He also likely had a job for the release to work scheme, the board said.

    However, he only had a broad release plan with nowhere solid to live, although he did want to live in the Wellington region, the board said.

    He had only just gone back into self-care - he was withdrawn earlier through no fault of his own, the board said - and beginning reintegration.

    While it congratulated him on his progress, the board declined his early release, wanting more solid arrangements for his release and reintegration.

    Tamatea has already been declined parole twice before, and remains in prison for Stinson's murder.

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    https://www.miamiherald.com/news/loc...237785639.html


    Victory too! For Pete Campbell for defending his girlfriend!

    Pete Campbell, also known as DJ Feddy, was hired to spin reggae at Bunny’s West Indian restaurant in Miami Gardens.

    John King, 42, was known around the neighborhood as a violent bully who’d been acquitted of a murder years back. He was also accused of raping Campbell’s girlfriend.

    Their paths intersected on July 3, 2015, when King and friends accosted Campbell at Bunny’s. In a small hallway, Campbell — who said he was unarmed — wrestled a gun away from one of King’s friends and fired.

    King, who Campbell said had a gun in his pocket, was shot and killed. Because he fled the scene, Miami Gardens police arrested Campbell, who spent several years in jail awaiting trial.

    But a Miami-Dade judge has now thrown out the murder charge against Campbell, ruling he acted in self-defense.

    “He knew King’s reputation in the community for violence,” Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Teresa Mary Pooler wrote in her order filed earlier this month. “He also believed that King was out to get him. .... Based on all that ensued prior, his fear was reasonable that King came to Bunny’s with the intent to kill or do great bodily harm.”

    The judge cleared Campbell, 30, under Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, which eliminated a citizen’s duty to retreat before using deadly force. Critics have long complained that the law, backed by the politically powerful National Rifle Association, encourages vigilante justice and gives criminals an easy way to beat accusations of violence.

    Under the Stand Your Ground law, judges have wide legal leeway to grant “immunity” to someone they deem was acting in self-defense.

    “This was the most transparent self-defense case of justifiable use of deadly force I’ve seen,” said defense lawyer Jonathan Jordan, who defended Campbell along with Andrew Rier.

    “Credit to Judge Pooler who followed the law the Legislature has set out. The ‘victim’ sought out Pete at his place of employment; Pete never asked for this but he was put into a situation where he had no choice but to defend himself or become a victim himself.”

    At a Stand Your Ground hearing, defense lawyers said King had raped Campbell’s girlfriend at gunpoint about six months before the shooting. “She reported the case to the police but nothing was done about it,” the judge wrote in her order.

    Campbell had been pressing police to arrest King. “For several months, he and his girlfriend tried to find out King’s name, since they only knew him by sight, and where he lived,” the judge wrote. “At one point, they even spoke to one of King’s girlfriends.

    “Every time they saw King, they would call the police but nothing was done.”

    Word got back to King, who “was going after Campbell,” a police detective testified.

    King found Campbell at Bunny’s. (That night, King was driving his girlfriend’s car — she kept a handgun in the glove compartment, and it later vanished.)

    Campbell testified that during his DJ set, he’d gone out for a smoke break and was walking back through a small hallway when King and his friends grabbed him. “During the tussle and the back and forth, Campbell was able to grab the gun from the accomplice and shoot King with it,” the judge wrote in her order.

    After the shooting, Campbell threw the gun down and fled. But police could not find him because he drove to Georgia, where his pregnant girlfriend was staying. Campbell testified that he took a bus up there to be with her, and had no idea if King had survived the shooting.

    “Mr. Campbell testified and his testimony was very compelling and credible,” Pooler wrote.

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    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50682262


    Hope for the best in this case.

    Indian police have shot dead four men suspected of raping and killing a young female vet in Hyderabad last week.

    The men were in police detention and were taken back to the scene of the crime in the early hours of Friday.

    The suspects were shot when they tried to steal the officers' guns and escape, police told BBC Telugu.

    However, human rights organisations including Amnesty International have called for investigations to determine if these were extrajudicial killings.

    "Extrajudicial killings are not a solution to preventing rape," said Avinash Kumar, executive director of Amnesty International India.

    The 27-year-old rape victim's charred remains were discovered last Thursday - leading to outrage and protests over alleged police inaction.

    After news of the killings broke, the victim's mother told the BBC, "justice has been done", while neighbours celebrated with firecrackers, and thousands of people took to the streets to hail the police.

    Why Indians are celebrating the killings in Hyderabad
    How do the police explain the shooting?
    Ten armed policemen took the four suspects - who were not handcuffed - to the scene of the crime to reconstruct the incident early on Friday, said VC Sajjanar, police commissioner of the Hyderabad suburb of Cyberabad.

    The toll plaza where the rape and murder took place is close to the suburb, which houses a number of global tech companies like Microsoft and Google.

    The police were looking for the victim's phone, power bank and watch which were reported missing, the police commissioner said.

    "The four men got together and started to attack the officers with stones and sticks and also snatched away weapons from two officers and started firing," the commissioner said, in response to questions about why the men had been killed.

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    Thousands protested outside a police station in Hyderabad after the rape case
    "Although the officers maintained restraint and asked them to surrender, they continued to fire and attack us. This went on for 15 minutes. We retaliated and four accused got killed."

    Two officers suffered head injuries but these were not caused by bullets, he added. The two police officers were admitted to hospital, he said

    "Let me tell you this. The law has taken its own course," he added.

    The police were heavily criticised after the rape and murder of the vet - particularly when the victim's family accused them of inaction for two hours.

    A region familiar with 'encounters'
    Analysis by G S Ram Mohan, BBC Telugu editor

    Police "encounter killings" - the term for an extrajudicial killing dressed up as an unavoidable police action - are nothing new in this part of the country.

    A long-running Maoist insurgency in the 1980s and 1990s saw many those suspected of involvement with the group being killed in a similar manner.

    VC Sajjanar, the commissioner of the police division that killed the four suspects on Friday, had in fact been involved in an encounter before - an incident which played out in a strikingly similar manner.

    He was superintendent of police when three people accused of carrying out an acid attack on a woman were killed at the scene of the crime by police. They were also taken there to "recreate" the crime and were reportedly shot while trying to escape.

    Supt Sajjanar received great adulation then and become a hero.

    How have the victim's family reacted?
    BBC Telugu's Deepthi Bathini visited the family in their home, where neighbours could be seen celebrating the news by setting off firecrackers and distributing sweets.

    "I can't put it into words. I felt happiness but also grief because my daughter will never come home," the victim's mother said.

    "My daughter's soul is at peace now. Justice has been done. I never thought we would get justice. No other girl should experience what my daughter did."


    Media captionThe victim's sister - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - spoke out after her sibling's death
    The mother added that she wanted the law on sexual assault and rape to be stricter.

    "Men should be scared to even stare at women - because they will be punished," she said.

    What about the wider reaction?
    News of the police action has been widely celebrated on social media.

    Many took to Twitter and Facebook to applaud the police, saying they had "delivered justice".

    The mother of a student who died after being gang-raped on a bus in capital Delhi in 2012 also hailed the killing.

    "I am extremely happy with this punishment. Police have done a great job," she told ANI news agency.

    BBC Telugu reporter Satish Balla, reporting from the scene of the killings, said approximately 2,000 people had gathered, causing a huge traffic jam. Police were showered with rose petals.

    Could the police have acted differently?
    A few have questioned the police's version of events.

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    Thousands of people gathered at the site of the encounter
    Prakash Singh, a retired police officer and a key architect of police reforms, told the BBC the killings were "entirely avoidable".

    "Abundant caution should be taken when people in custody are being taken to the court or the scene of the crime," he said.

    "They should be secured, handcuffed and properly searched before they are taken out. All kinds of things can happen if the police are not careful."

    But Mr Singh said it was too early to say if the incident was an extrajudicial killing - known popularly in India as an "encounter killing".

    In the days after the rape and murder, thousands of people had protested at Hyderabad police station, insisting the killers faced the death penalty.

    Jaya Bachchan, a former Bollywood star who is now an MP in India's upper house of parliament, said earlier this week that the accused men should be "lynched".

    People in Delhi held a vigil on Saturday
    Several other MPs from across the political spectrum also condemned the brutal gang-rape and murder.

    Elsewhere in the country, there were other protests and vigils for the victim, who cannot be named under Indian law.

    How did the vet's murder happen?
    The victim left home on her motorbike at about 18:00 local time (12:30 GMT) 10 days ago to go to a doctor's appointment.

    She called family later to say she had a flat tyre, and a lorry driver had offered to help. She said she was waiting near a toll plaza.

    Efforts to contact her afterwards were unsuccessful, and her body was discovered under a flyover last Thursday.

    Last week, three police officers were suspended when the victim's family accused them of not acting quickly enough when the woman was reported missing.

    Officers had suggested she may have eloped, relatives told the National Commission for Women, a government body.

    Are women any safer in India today?
    Rape and sexual violence against women have been in focus in India since the December 2012 gang-rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in the capital, Delhi.

    But there has been no sign that crimes against women are abating.

    According to government figures, police registered 33,658 cases of rape in India in 2017, an average of 92 rapes every day.

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