India police are searching for the men suspected in the rape and killing of three sisters aged between five and 11 in the latest case of sexual violence to be mishandled in India according to the Associated Press.
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The sisters were found in a village well near Maharashtra after they went missing on Feb. 14 according to police officer Javed Ahmed. The location is 630 miles south of New Delhi.
Early examination reports indicate that the girls were sexually assaulted and then drowned shortly after being abducted.
Four men are being questioned for the death, but no one has been officially arrested. Local police in the area have been criticized for not acting quickly enough.
"Had the police searched for the girls in the neighboring areas, than they would have been found," said the mother of the victims to KPLR 11 NEWS, whose identity is undisclosed in due to Indian laws protecting the victims and families in sexual assault cases.
Villagers have protested by blocking a national road passing through the area for "hours" demanding some form of justice.
This is the second incident to take place in the past three months, after a young woman was gang raped in a moving bus in New Delhi on Dec. 16.
Five men have been arrested and accused of rape and murder charges according to the Associated Press. One police officer was suspended for not acting properly according to Indian Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel who represents Bhandara district in Parliament.
"It is unacceptable. All of us have to hang our heads in shame," Patel said.