The teenager died after alleged gang rape, causing a furore in India


A Dalit teenager, allegedly raped by four upper castes, died on Tuesday due to his injuries, sparking outrage from Indian activists, politicians and Bollywood stars. India’s 200 million low-caste “untouchable” Dalits have long faced discrimination and mistreatment, and advocates say increased during the attacks Coronavirus epidemic.

The 19-year-old woman was brutally assaulted on 14 September in Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, with the family.

According to officials, the four accused have been arrested.

A protestor raised slogans after death of a rape victim in New Delhi
A protestor shouted slogans after the death of a rape victim inside the premises of Safdarjung Hospital on 29 September 2020 in New Delhi, India.

Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS


Found lying in a pool of blood and paralyzed with injuries to her neck and spine, the woman was rushed to a local hospital before being brought to New Delhi on Monday as her condition worsened.

Hathras district police chief Vikrant Veer told AFP, “He died during treatment on Tuesday morning. We will ensure speedy investigation and trial in the case.”

News comes months later Four people were hanged for brutal gang rape And in 2012 the murder of a student in a bus in Delhi – a case that symbolized the country’s problem with sexual violence, gained worldwide notoriety and turned into a Netflix TV show.

Bollywood celebrities, cricket stars and women rights activists took to social media to condemn this month’s attack.

“Sad, sad day. How long can it go” Director-producer Farhan Akhtar wrote.

“What happened in #Hathras is inhuman and is beyond cruelty. Hope the culprits of this heinous crime get justice,” Cricket Megastar Virat Kohli tweeted.

Activist Kavita Krishnan said the attack reflected the “big picture of structural violence” against Dalit women.

Priyanka Gandhi, a member of the opposition Congress Party, blamed the attack for the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, which is governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.

Women in India are subjected to dangerous levels of sexual assault regardless of their race or class.

Around 34,000 rapes were reported in the country in 2018, but the figures are considered to be the tip of the iceberg, with many victims also afraid to come forward.

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