13/05/2017 8:29 PM IST | Updated 13/05/2017 8:31 PM IST

22-Year-Old Haryana Woman Gang-Raped, Mutilated And Brutally Killed, Two Arrested

One of the accused had been stalking her and forcing her to marry him.

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CHANDIGARH -- The Haryana Police have arrested two persons after a young woman from Haryana's Sonepat district was allegedly abducted, gang raped and brutally killed by them, police officials said on Saturday.

The shocking incident, a cruel reminder of the December 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case of New Delhi, came only days after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of four accused in the case. The victim's body was found on the outskirts of Rohtak town, 70 km from national capital Delhi.

Police officials said that forensic experts have disclosed that the victim was sexually assaulted and her body was badly mutilated. Stray dogs had bitten off parts of the victim's body.

S.K. Dhattarwal, Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, said that the post-mortem examination of the victim's body indicated sexual assault, mutilation of private parts and murder.

Police was told that the victim's head and face were smashed with a hard object and crushed under the wheels of some vehicle. This, according to the police, was done to hide her identity.

The Haryana Police have launched an investigation into the brutal gang rape and murder. The arrested men were being interrogated, a police officer told IANS.

The woman, aged around 22 years, went missing on May 9, as per the complaint filed by her family. Those arrested have been identified as Sumit and Vikas. Police officials said that Sumit was a neighbour of the victim in Sonepat and had been stalking her. He was pressurising her to marry him but she had refused. Police officials alleged that Sumit planned the gang rape and murder to teach a lesson to the woman.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed deep shock and outrage over the brutal gang rape, murder and mutilation of the body of the victim. She hoped that the Haryana government would take action against the perpetrators of the crime.

A mentally unstable Nepalese woman was brutally gang raped and murdered by seven men in Rohtak district in February 2015. The accused were awarded the death penalty by a local court in December 2015