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Indian low-caste woman dies after gang-rape, second in a week

Upadated – 01 October 2020 | 12:36 PM IST

A woman from India’s marginalized Dalit community has died after being gang-raped, police said Thursday, days after the death of an adolescent from an equivalent low-caste group at the hands of a gaggle of high-caste men sparked outrage.

The 22-year-old, a member of India’s “untouchable” Dalit community, was allegedly raped by two men on Tuesday and died while being taken to hospital, police within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh said.

The latest assaults come months after four men were hanged for the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi, a case that came to symbolize the nation’s problems with sexual violence.

Police said that two men within the latest case had been arrested on charges of gang-rape and murder, without giving further details on their identities.

An investigation was underway and therefore the suspects could also be tried during a special fast-track court, they added.

“A rickshaw-wallah (driver) brought her home. (She) was thrown ahead of our house. My child could barely stand or speak,” the NDTV news channel quoted her mother as saying.

The incident happened in the Balrampur district in Uttar Pradesh state, around 500 kilometers (300 miles) from where the opposite Dalit girl was allegedly gang-raped in mid-September by four upper-caste men.

The 19-year-old, who was left paralyzed by her injuries, was rushed to hospital in New Delhi 200 kilometers away but died on Tuesday.

Her death sparked protests in Delhi and in cities in Uttar Pradesh.

India’s 200 million Dalits have long faced discrimination and abuse, and campaigners say attacks have increased during the coronavirus pandemic.

An average of 87 rape cases was reported a day last year, consistent with the newest data released Tuesday by the National Crime Records Bureau, but large numbers are thought to travel unreported.

The bureau reported a rise of quite seven percent within the number of crimes against women in 2019 compared to the previous year.

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