Four people have been charged with gang-rape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in India, a case that sparked nationwide protests and shed new light on India’s local issue of sexual violence.
In Hathras, a small village in Uttar Pradesh, in September, a 19-year-old woman was working in the fields when she was pushed by four elders who dragged her towards the field, attacked her and then tried to strangle her. ۔ Shawl
A chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday confirmed that the girl had been gang-raped and that four people had been charged with her murder.
The girl was a Dalit, India’s lowest caste, formerly known as the “Untouchables”, while her four alleged assailants were from the upper castes. Sexual violence against Dalit women is regularly used as a tool of oppression and about 10 Dalit women are raped daily in India.
A 19-year-old girl was bleeding in her family’s field when her body was barely conscious and her spinal cord was broken. The girl was taken to a local hospital and later shifted to a government hospital in Delhi, where she succumbed to her injuries two weeks after the attack.
Initially, his case barely caught the media’s attention. However, she came under pressure from the Uttar Pradesh police for not properly registering the case as rape and faced charges of not properly investigating the case due to the low caste of the girl and her family. Anger and protests erupted all over India.
Several police officers were later suspended for “negligence and careless surveillance” in the case. Police have denied any wrongdoing.
Police also began to thwart and deny reports that the girl had been abused, and Uttar Pradesh’s right-wing Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed that the allegations of rape were an international conspiracy.
Against the wishes of the family, the Uttar Pradesh police also came under fire after he allegedly disgraced the girl’s body at night. The funeral was “according to the wishes of the family,” officials said. Police cordoned off the village of Hatras, preventing senior opposition politicians and journalists from entering to cover the incident.
Siddiqui Kapan, a journalist, was arrested while trying to reach the village and was arrested by police before being charged with sedition under the Strict Terrorism Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UPA) He was tortured. He remained in prison.
The case has once again exposed the widespread threat of sexual violence against women in India, the world’s most dangerous place for women. Outrage over the brutal gang rape of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 has led to new rape laws and harsher punishments, but rape cases remain.
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