A 20-year-old Dalit woman from Uttar Pradesh who had been gang-raped some 2 weeks ago in Hathras district of the state succumbed to her injuries in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday.
Reports said she had been moved to Delhi on Monday. The deceased victim had suffered multiple fractures in the assault by 4 men, said to be from the upper castes and now in police custody, and her tongue had been cut off.
She had been admitted to a hospital in Aligarh and then shifted to Delhi for better critical care. In her statement to police on September 22, she said four men raped her on September 14 when she had gone to collect grass. She was dragged by her dupatta into the fields by the rapists, she said.
The deceased victim’s family had accused the UP Police of not taking immediate action and reacting only after public outrage. Her brother told NDTV that his mother, sister and elder brother had gone to a field to get some grass. His brother went home earlier and his sister and the mother continued to cut grass. The women were a little far from each other. Four-five people came from behind, they threw his sister’s dupatta around her neck and dragged her into a bajra field, he said.
He said his mother then realised his sister was missing and went looking for her. His sister was found unconscious. They had raped her. The police did not help them initially, they did not take quick action. They acted only after four-five days, he added.
The Uttar Pradesh police have denied the family’s allegation of slow response. Hathras Police chief Vikrant Vir said on Sunday the police have been proactive in making arrests and helping the family in whatever manner possible. He said he will personally ensure swift investigation and that these men were tried in a fast track court.
The Opposition has been saying that the law and order situation in the state has been worsening under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s watch. The state’s Lakhimpur Kheri district has logged at least rapes of 3 minors in the last 2 months.