A policeman stands near the body of Muzammil Bibi, 20, after policemen lowered her after she was found hanging from a tree in the town of Nawan Kot, located in Pakistan's Punjab province June 20, 2014
A 20-year-old woman was gang-raped, killed and hanged from a tree in Pakistan in a case that bears a chilling resemblance to a double rape and murder that caused outrage in neighbouring India last month.
Pakistani police said Muzammil Bibi was attacked by three men in a field in the impoverished Layyah area of densely populated Punjab province.
Senior officer Sadaqat Ali Chohan said: 'This is the first time in my 22 years of service in the police that I have seen such a case, where a girl was raped in this way and found hanging from a tree.
'We have heard of such cases in India but never in Pakistan. The girl's clothes were torn. We took her down and moved her to hospital.
'Her body had signs of resistance. We have arrested three individuals who have confessed to the crime.'
According to police, the 20-year-old resisted the rape and her attackers strangled her.
Three men have been arrested over the killings. Two policemen were held on suspicion of trying to cover up the crime.
Shortly after the incident, a lawmaker from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party described rape as a social crime, saying 'sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong.'
The controversial remarks came as political leaders of Uttar Pradesh - the state where the two cousins aged 12 and 14 were raped and hanged - faced criticism for failing to visit the scene.
Another regional politician from Modi's party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said the crime of rape could only be considered to have been committed if it is reported to police.