Two teenage Indian girls found hanging from a tree in May took their own lives and were not gang-raped and murdered, federal investigators have said.
The announcement came after months of inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation following global outrage.
Three men arrested in connection with the case in northern Uttar Pradesh state were freed on bail in September.
It is unclear why the girls might have taken their lives. Correspondents say there are many unanswered questions. Women's rights activists say they are not happy with the latest findings and are urging the CBI to continue investigating.
The lower-caste cousins, thought to have been 14 and 15, were found hanged from a mango tree in Badaun district on 28 May. The fact that there has been little explanation about the motive has led many people to question the findings of the CBI.
"CBI has tried to fudge the case and save the accused from the very beginning," Sohan Lal, father of one of the girls, told BBC Hindi.
"I am very angry with their decision. The team did not show any promptness while investigating the case."
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