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Men were killed after objecting to a woman being harassed; death toll in violence rises to 22
Hundreds of troops have been deployed to quell deadly riots and clashes between Hindus and Muslims in northern India, sparked by the killing of three villagers who had objected when a young woman was being harassed.
Local administration officials told Al Jazeera that the death toll from Saturday’s violence rose to 22 Sunday, after several people succumbed to injuries received a day earlier.
The sectarian violence comes after a series of recent cases where gang rapes of women prompted calls for tougher laws punishing sexual assault in India.
Five suspects from a recent assault are likely to face prosecution under a new law that sets the maximum prison term for rape at 20 years. The judge’s verdict in that case is due Tuesday.
In December, a gang of men sexually assaulted a woman on a bus in Delhi. She later died from her injuries. The incident sparked widespread outrage throughout the country.