Superintendent of Police of Hathras district, Vikrant Veer, said in a statement posted on Twitter that the incident took place on 14 September. The victim was first admitted to a hospital in Uttar Pradesh and later transferred to New Delhi due to the severity of his injuries.
According to police in Hathras, four people have been arrested and a case has been registered for rape and murder.
According to the statement, all four men were from a high caste and a case under the law was registered for crimes against minorities.
Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of India’s main opposition Congress party, tweeted that “a ‘class-specific’ rule of land in Uttar Pradesh killed another woman. The government said it was fake news and that the victim had to die Left. This is an unfortunate incident. The victim’s death and the government’s apathy – none of this is fake news. “
Advocates of equal rights for Dalits organized a small rally outside the hospital in Delhi where the woman was being treated on Monday.
The leader of the group, Chandrashekhar Azad, tweeted: “I am protesting outside Safdarjung Hospital right now with the victim’s family. We will not tolerate this anymore. We will get justice.”
Many Indian celebrities, including Bollywood actors and professional athletes, have used their social media to call on the government to adopt policies to protect women.
According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, the latest available data for 2018 recorded more than 33,000 cases of alleged rape – almost 91 cases every day. But experts say the actual number is likely to be much higher, due to the shame associated with sexual harassment and the social barriers faced by victims that protect them from reporting attacks.
Swati Gupta from New Delhi reported and Ivana Kotasova wrote in London.