A 13-year-old woman who reported being gang-raped by 4 males in India was then raped once more by a police officer whose assist she sought, authorities mentioned.
Police within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh confirmed Wednesday they’ve arrested the unnamed officer and 5 different suspects in reference to the alleged rapes, which sparked outrage throughout the nation.
“Strict motion might be taken in opposition to these discovered responsible,” Prashant Kumar, a senior police officer, mentioned Thursday. “The rape survivor has been admitted to the district hospital for therapy.”
Over the previous decade, India has grappled with sexual and bodily violence focusing on younger ladies and women, particularly these belonging to the bottom rungs of the Hindu caste system.
The alleged rape incidents passed off in April however solely got here to mild this week when the sufferer, who comes from the Dalit neighborhood, beforehand generally known as the “Untouchables,” filed a grievance with the state police.
The 13-year-old claimed she had been gang-raped by 4 boys who took her to the neighboring state of Madhya Pradesh on April 22 and held her captive for 4 days.
Police within the northern state of Uttar Pradesh confirmed Wednesday they’ve arrested the unnamed officer and 5 different suspects in reference to the alleged rapes.Sunil Ghosh/Hindustan Occasions through Getty Photos
When she was lastly freed, she headed along with her aunt to the agricultural police station in Lalitpur, the place she was allegedly raped once more by the officer to whom she reported the gang rape.
Following his arrest, the officer, who additionally belongs to the Dalit caste, proclaimed his innocence and referred to as on the authorities to launch an unbiased investigation, CNN reported.
The 29 different officers who had been current on the police station on the time of the alleged rape have been suspended.
The 4 males within the preliminary gang rape incident have been arrested, together with a lady whose involvement within the case is unclear right now. They haven’t but been formally charged.
The incident sparked widespread condemnation in India, prompting native politicians and activists to demand pressing steps to guard ladies.
“If police stations are usually not protected for ladies, then the place will they go together with their complaints?” tweeted Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, a senior chief of the primary opposition Congress celebration.
Almost 32,000 rapes or tried rapes had been reported in India in 2020, the federal government’s most up-to-date crime knowledge exhibits, however that quantity could possibly be even increased as a result of many sexual assaults typically go unreported.
India adopted the dying penalty in 2018 as a punishment for the rape of ladies youthful than 12, in response to public strain after a string of assaults on kids.
India has grappled with sexual and bodily violence focusing on younger ladies and women over the previous decade.Indranil Aditya/NurPhoto through Getty Photos
That adopted the horrific gang rape and subsequent dying of a younger lady in a shifting bus within the capital Delhi in December 2012 that prompted nationwide uproar and introduced new legal guidelines, although the variety of assaults on ladies stayed excessive.
In 2020, a 19-year-old lady died after claiming she had been gang-raped and assaulted in Uttar Pradesh. Native police and officers cremated the sufferer’s physique underneath the duvet of darkness with out her household’s data and denied she was raped.
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