The women said in their complaint they were performing a play to raise awareness about human trafficking in the largely tribal Khunti district of Jharkhand state on Tuesday when they were abducted.
The assailants shot videos of the attack and threatened the women if they went to the police.
The women worked for the non-governmental organisation Asha Kiran, police officer Rajesh Prasad said.
"We have been questioning several people," Prasad told AFP.
Police have also rounded up some supporters of Pathalgadi, an anti-establishment self-rule movement popular in several tribal villages.
Pathalgadi supporters resent outsiders and do not allow them to enter or settle in their area.
Khunti is also a hotbed of Maoists, armed guerrillas who have been waging a decades-long insurgency mainly for land rights.
Prasad said the women had undergone medical tests and that police were awaiting the results.
India has been in the global spotlight since the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a woman on a New Delhi bus sparked angry protests.
But the number of attacks has grown since then with some 39,000 rape cases reported nationally in 2016.
Jharkhand has especially been in the spotlight after three teenagers were raped and burnt alive in separate incidents last month.]]>
Officer Mohammad Javed Khan says a vehicle drove off a road in a mountainous area in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring another four. Hours earlier, a vehicle carrying tourists in the scenic Swat Valley drove into a river, killing six people and injuring three.
Crashes are common in Pakistan, where roads are poorly maintained and traffic laws are widely ignored.]]>
Cartersville Police Lt. M.E. Bettikofer tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 33-year-old Walter Samuel Radford’s divorce was finalized on Wednesday and Radford fatally shot his ex-wife’s attorney about two hours later. Police say 41-year-old lawyer Antonio Benjamin Mari’s body was found in his Cartersville law office. He had been shot multiple times.
Bettikofer says Radford called ex-wife Cindy Radford to tell her he had shot Mari. He says Radford then broke into her home and shot himself. His body was found about 2:40 p.m.
Radford had failed to show up for the final divorce hearing.
While at the courthouse Wednesday morning, Mari told colleagues he had concerns about Radford, attorney Wade Everett said.
Though he didn’t know specifics, Everett said Mari had a “gut feeling” that Radford could harm him. On Thursday, Everett said he and his colleagues discussed security at their office.
“There’s only so much security you can really do,” he said. “You can carry a gun. But unless you’ve got it in your hand and you’re waiting on someone, it’s not going to do you any good.”
Mari’s death shocked the Cartersville community, where he had worked nearly 18 years as a high school history teacher and later an attorney. After teaching for 10 years at Cass High School, Mari graduated from law school and passed the Georgia bar exam in 2009.
Though he represented clients in bankruptcy and domestic cases, Mari wasn’t the typical tough-faced litigator, according to fellow Cartersville attorney Lester Tate.
“He’s just one of the nicest, most easy-going people you could imagine,” Tate said.
Mari is survived by his wife.
Late Wednesday, Cass High School posted a tribute to him on Facebook. And Thursday, the Bartow County School System honored Mari in a post.
“Inspirational, favorite teacher, Georgia Bulldog fan; that’s how Antonio Mari’s former students at Cass High School describe him,” the school system posted. “We share the community’s grief and extend our deepest sympathies to the Mari Family, as well as the BCSS Family.”
Cartersville is about 43 miles northwest of Atlanta.]]>
The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually.
But consumption has declined as South Koreans increasingly embrace the idea of dogs as man's best friend rather than livestock, with the practice now something of a taboo among younger generations and pressure from activists mounting.
Even so it remains a legal grey area. Despite no specific ban, authorities have invoked hygiene regulations or animal protection laws that ban cruel slaughter methods to crack down on dog farms and restaurants ahead of international events such as the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Animal rights group Care last year filed complaints against a dog farm operator in Bucheon, accusing him of "killing animals without proper reasons" and violating building and hygiene regulations, and prosecutors later charged him.
He was convicted by the Bucheon City court, which ruled that meat consumption was not a legal reason to kill dogs, and fined three million won ($2,700). He waived his right to appeal.
Care lawyer Kim Kyung-eun welcomed the ruling -- made in April but with details only released this week -- telling AFP: "It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself."
The precedent "paved the way for outlawing dog meat consumption entirely", she added, saying Care planned to file complaints against "many more" dog farmers.
A lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Party has introduced a bill to the National Assembly to ban dog meat consumption.
The court decision sparked angry protests from dog farmers, whose premises usually double as slaughter houses as the government does not license abattoirs to kill dogs.
"This is outrageous. We can't accept the ruling that killing of dogs for dog meat consumption amounts to killing animals on a whim," Cho Hwan-ro, a representative from an association of dog farms, said on YTN television.
There are some 17,000 dog farms across the country, Cho said, calling for the government to explicitly legalise dog meat consumption and license dog slaughter houses. "Otherwise, we'll fight to the end," he added.
"Dogs for eating and dogs as pets must be separated," he said, adding they were different breeds, fed differently and raised for different purposes.
"Cows, pigs, chickens and ducks are all raised to be consumed and why not dogs?" he said.