The fate of the deceased woman is part of a series of heinous crimes against women in India, which has a reputation for being one of the worst countries for women and girls due to its many rapes. The government stated this year, based on data from 2018, that a woman would be raped every 15 minutes in India. “There is virtually no protection for women. Criminals openly commit crimes, ”said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress Party leader on Twitter.
The 19-year-old victim, who came from the community of dalits, or casteless people, was attacked and raped in a field near her home some 100 kilometers from New Delhi in mid-September, authorities reported. The police have arrested four men. The victim was transferred from a hospital in Uttar Pradesh state to a hospital in New Delhi on Monday, where she died.
Hundreds of protesters clashed with the police outside the hospital where the woman died on Tuesday and stopped traffic. Dalits, at the very bottom of the ladder of the officially banned Indian caste system, complain that they continue to be discriminated against. Activists from the Bhim Army, a party that stands up for the rights of the casteless, shouted slogans at the morgue of the hospital where the victim was lying.
“We can’t take this anymore,” Chandra Shekhar Aazad, the leader of the Bhim army, said on Twitter. He called on all Dalits in India to demonstrate and demanded that the perpetrators of the rape be hanged. Regional authorities in the district where the rape took place promised to prompt an investigation.
Uttar Pradesh, the state where the victim came from, is led by the Hindu nationalist party of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is considered the most unsafe state for women.
In December, a 23-year-old castless woman in Uttar Pradesh died after being set on fire by a group of men. That happened when she wanted to go to court to file a rape charge.
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