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2 detained after Dalit law student raped, murdered in India

  • Police stop students who were protesting following the rape and murder of a law student in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Police detained three men for questioning Tuesday in the rape and murder of a law student whose body was found mutilated in southern India, officials said.The case has drawn comparisons to the deadly 2012 gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus that sparked widespread outrage and nationwide protests demanding an end to the widespread sexual assault and abuse of women across India.(Press Trust of India via AP) INDIA OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVE

    Police stop students who were protesting following the rape and murder of a law student in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Police detained three men for questioning Tuesday in the rape and murder of a law student whose body was found mutilated in southern India, officials said.The case has drawn comparisons to the deadly 2012 gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus that sparked widespread outrage and nationwide protests demanding an end to the widespread sexual assault and abuse of women across India.(Press Trust of India via AP) INDIA OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

  • Indian students hold placards and shout slogans during a protest following the rape and murder of a law student in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Police detained three men for questioning Tuesday in the rape and murder of a law student whose body was found mutilated in southern India, officials said.The case has drawn comparisons to the deadly 2012 gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus that sparked widespread outrage and nationwide protests demanding an end to the widespread sexual assault and abuse of women across India.(Press Trust of India via AP) INDIA OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVE

    Indian students hold placards and shout slogans during a protest following the rape and murder of a law student in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Police detained three men for questioning Tuesday in the rape and murder of a law student whose body was found mutilated in southern India, officials said.The case has drawn comparisons to the deadly 2012 gang rape of a woman on a New Delhi bus that sparked widespread outrage and nationwide protests demanding an end to the widespread sexual assault and abuse of women across India.(Press Trust of India via AP) INDIA OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

Police have detained two suspects for questioning in the rape and murder of a law student whose body was found mutilated in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

The case has drawn comparisons to the deadly 2012 gang rape of a university student on a New Delhi bus that sparked widespread outrage and nationwide protests demanding an end to the widespread sexual assault and abuse of women across India.

Police say the autopsy on the 30-year-old victim in Kerala revealed she had been penetrated by sharp objects before being murdered in her home on Thursday in Perumbavoor, a city on the outskirts of the major city of Kochi.

The family is from the Dalit community, considered the lowest caste in India's centuries-old social hierarchy.