The body of a teenage girl was found by her parents hanging from a tree after she was kidnapped and gang-raped in India.
The 16-year-old girl was walking home from school in the village of Yeturu in Andhra Pradesh state when she was attacked.
Local media reports say she was dragged into a rickshaw by three men on the outskirts of the village, which is about 50 miles north of Chennai.
She was then gang-raped but it is not clear how she came to be hanging from the tree. Her parents reportedly went looking for her when she failed to return from school and found her body hanging from a tree.
Police spokesman Sathya Kishore said they had identified three suspects from the neighbouring village of Vibharinthalapadu.
Friends and relatives of the girl comfort her distraught mother, who discovered her daughter hanging from a tree.
Nobody has yet been arrested in connection with the case
Mr Kishore said the police were investigating the incident but had not yet made any arrests.
In recent years the number of reported rapes in India has been on the rise and authorities have come under increasing pressure to make sure they do not go unpunished.
According to the Indian government, at least one in 10 rape victims in the country is under-age. There has been a change in attitudes in the country in recent years, triggered by the horrific gang-rape and murder in 2012 of 23-year-old student Jyoti Singh in Delhi.
One of her attackers died in prison and four others are appealing against their death sentences.
In May 2014 two sisters were found hanging from a tree in Uttar Pradesh state and it was reported they had been gang-raped and murdered. But six months later the police ruled they had not been attacked and had simply committed suicide.
The victim (left) posing for a photograph with relatives.The Indian government say one in 10 rape victims in the country is under the age of consent
The girl was found hanging from a tree in the village of Yeturu. Women’s rights campaigners have been campaigning for changes in attitudes since 2012 when a student was gang-raped and murdered on a bus in Delhi
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