Death of Dalit gang rape victim triggers protest in Delhi

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Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan and his around 300 supporters organised a protest at New Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital where a 19-year-old rape survivor died days.

The woman was on 14 September dragged into a field, gang-raped and brutally attacked, allegedly by a group of men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district. Her tongue was cut off and her spinal cord and neck were damaged because she was strangled with her chunni. The victim belonged to the Dalit community – formerly known as “untouchables”

The police have arrested four people in connection with the incident.

At the protest, the Bhim Army chief said, “I appeal to all members of the Dalit community to take to the streets and demand death penalty for the guilty. The government should not test our patience. We won’t rest until the culprits are hanged.”

“The state government is equally responsible for the death of our sister,” he alleged.

The woman’s family has alleged the police did not help them initially and only acted after outrage over the case. “The police did not help us initially; they did not take quick action. They acted only after four-five days,” woman’s brother told NDTV.

She was admitted to Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital and shifted to Safdarjung Hospital here on Monday.

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