Indian woman dies of Dalit community after gang rape

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.

In India’s caste-based hierarchy, Dalits – who have been ranked lowest and have been called “untouchables” in the past – experience severe discrimination. India’s caste system was officially abolished in 1950, but the 2,000-year-old social hierarchy imposed by people at birth still exists in many aspects of life. The caste system classifies Hindus at birth, defining their place in society as to what jobs they can do and whom they can marry.
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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. “

According to human rights organizations including the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Dalit women are particularly vulnerable to caste-based violence and discrimination.
Last month, a 13-year-old Dalit girl was raped and murdered in Uttar Pradesh. Last year, two Dalit children were allegedly beaten to death after defecating in the open. In 2018, a 13-year-old girl from a lower caste in the south of the country was beheaded, allegedly by an attacker from a higher caste.
Protests were held outside Safdarjung Hospital on 29 September 2020 in New Delhi, where a 19-year-old woman died two weeks after the gang rape.

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.”

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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.


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