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The three young sisters, aged 11, 9 and 5, went missing after school on Feb. 14. Their bodies, along with their school bags, were found in a well about 3 kilometers from their home.

I reported last week on a study released by Human Rights Watch that said one in three reported rape victims in India were children.  

Tree Climbers: Conspiracy of Silence - In India 1 in 3 rape victims are children

Today, is is being reported that three sisters were brutally raped and then killed:

The girls, aged between five and eleven years old, are the latest victims in a wave of sexual violence to sweep India. After the brutal rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi, more and more citizens are speaking out against the violence aimed at women and girls there. After the sisters were found, thousands of people from Murmadi, Lakhani reportedly blocked the highway in a protest, demanding justice be done.
Initially, their deaths were thought to be accidental, however "Indian Broadcaster NDTV reports that villagers say police "got serious about the investigation" only after locals took to the streets in protest."

Lest We Forget

Originally posted to Roxine on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:07 PM PST.

Also republished by House of LIGHTS and TreeClimbers.

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