New Delhi – A teenager from a north Indian village who was dragged from a field and raped by a group of men died in a hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday due to her injuries, sparking nationwide outrage, which experts say Described as gang rape. Pandemic in India.
The 19-year-old woman, whose Indian law prohibits naming, was shifted to the hospital a day before, two days after she was gang-raped and tortured by upper caste men near her village in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh state. , His family said.
Police Chief Vikrant Veer in Hathras said four people were arrested on charges of gang rape and murder. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that according to a Twitter post by Yogi Adityanath, the top elected official of Uttar Pradesh and a leader of Shri Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, “strict action” should be taken against the attackers.
But justice is unlikely: tens of thousands of rape cases are filed annually in India, only a handful result in prosecutions, National Crime Records Bureau data show. Activists say the real scope of the problem is far worse, as many cases of sexual violence in India do not come to light.
When action is taken against suspects, it often occurs in vigilante or extrajudicially acting murders by police officers, who are generally widely praised, but also dealing with sexual violence of the judicial system Indicates inability to.
The woman was a Dalit, the lowest caste in India’s Hindu hierarchy. On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters from the Bhim Army, a party advocating the rights of Dalits, surrounded the hospital in Delhi where the woman was treated and clashed with police.
A leader of the Bhima Army, Chandrashekhar Azad urged Dalits across India to take to the streets so that the attackers could be hanged.
The 19-year-old woman was cutting grass to feed the five milking buffalo of the family in Hathras when she was taken away by a group of upper caste men on Sapta 14, according to 14-year-old Sattarudh Kumar.
Mr. Kumar said that his neck was cut and his spine was broken after tying his neck to a rope. He said the arrests were made only after days of complaints to the police. Her sister was initially treated at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh before being shifted to New Delhi.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mr. Adityanath, Said in another tweet A special investigation team was formed to investigate the matter and a report will be given within a week.
After the woman died in a hospital in New Delhi, her body was taken to Uttar Pradesh, where the police seized her body in the early hours of Wednesday and she was taken to the funeral pyre without family, keeping the matter silently To try, Mr. Kumar said.
“He grabbed the body by force, beat up family members and cremated my sister at night,” he said. “The police did not allow us to go to the crematorium.”
Hathras police did not immediately comment on the family’s allegations. But the District Magistrate, Praveen Kumar Laxkar, told reporters on Wednesday that it was untrue that cremation was not permitted to family members.
According to human rights organizations, Dalits were formerly known as “untouchables” – those who are particularly vulnerable to caste-based discrimination, and Dalit women are selected for sexual assaults thousands of times a year.
The horrific reports of rape, often spoken of by the victim or their families after the vengeful violence, have become familiar with pain in India. Whether the rape report rises above the din to receive national notice is often determined by the dynamics of class and caste.
In 2012, a student was gang-raped in New Delhi in which she later died, with a nationwide protest, as protesters struggled for reform. But the domineering court system of the country continues to move slowly. Four people convicted in the 2012 case were hanged in late 2019, following their appeals.
The police, who killed four suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 27-year-old vet last year in the southern state of Hyderabad, were widely appeased as working swiftly for Indian justice.
Swati Maliwal, the head of the Delhi Women’s Commission, went on a hunger strike outside Mahatma Gandhi’s mausoleum in New Delhi last year, demanding that the lawmakers force the courts to hang the rapists six months after the conviction. Should pass a bill for
On Wednesday, Maliwal said in a public statement that the Hathras case had “embarrassed the entire nation” and had written to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India, “pleading for justice for the girl child”.
After the death of Kishore this week, the news of rape in India started as the country is battling a coronovirus epidemic. In one case, in the southern state of Kerala, an ambulance driver is accused of raping a Kovid-19 patient while being taken to a hospital. In August, a 13-year-old carcass was found in a sugarcane field in Uttar Pradesh, near the border with Nepal. In July, a 6-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped in the southern state of Madhya Pradesh, And his eyes were seriously injured while trying to identify his attackers.
According to the latest Indian government data, police registered 33,658 cases of rape in 2017 – an average of 92 per day and a jump of 35 percent from 2012, when fast-track courts for rape cases were rolled out. About 10,000 of the reported victims were children.
Hari Kumar reported from New Delhi, and Emily Schmal from Chicago.