India: Dalit woman dies after gang rape, protests begin India

The 19-year-old victim was gang-raped by four men in Hathras city of Uttar Pradesh, about 100 km from New Delhi.

A woman died in a hospital in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday at the behest of authorities, after a group of men raped her, protests and criticism of protests led to failure to protect women.

Her case was the latest in the horrific crimes against women in India, which has given it a dismal reputation as being one of the worst places in the world.

According to the latest government data released in January, in 2018 in India, on average, every 15 minutes a woman reported being raped.

“There is no protection for women. Criminals are committing crimes openly, ”Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, leader of the opposition Congress Party, said on Twitter.

Officials said the 19-year-old victim, who belonged to the Dalit community, was formerly called “untouchables” and attacked on September 14 at a farm near her home in Hathras district, 100 km (62 mi) from New Delhi. went. .

The police have arrested four people in connection with the crime.

On Monday, the woman was brought to Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi from a hospital in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where she died during treatment, officials said.

Around 300 protesters from the Bhim Army, a party that had been partying for the rights of Dalits, entered the hospital building and shouted slogans near the morchary where the woman’s body was kept.

“We will take the case to the fast-track court for speedy investigation and collection of evidence,” district officials of Hathras said in a statement.

#Hathras trended on Twitter as social media users expressed displeasure over the latest case of gruesome sexual assault.

Uttar Pradesh, the women’s home state ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is the most vulnerable state for women in the country.

In December last year, a 23-year-old Dalit woman was abducted by a gang of men as she made her way to a Uttar Pradesh court to quell rape charges.

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