India: Gang-Rape Victim Dies After Setting Herself on Fire

Demonstrators hold placards during a candlelight vigil to mark the first death anniversary of a Delhi gang rape victim in New Delhi on December 29, 2013.

Demonstrators hold placards during a candlelight vigil to mark the first death anniversary of a Delhi gang rape victim in New Delhi on December 29, 2013.

DEAN NELSON

A 16-year-old Indian girl has died eight days after setting herself on fire following two gang rapes and a campaign of intimidation to force her to drop charges against her attackers.

The teenager’s death, on New Year’s Eve, led to angry demonstrations in Calcutta.

Brinda Karat, one of India‘s leading women’s rights campaigners, accused the local government and police of shielding the alleged perpetrators, who were linked to West Bengal‘s ruling party, the Trinamool Congress.

She said the case showed little had been done to protect sexual assault victims since the gang rape and murder of a Delhi student provoked outrage throughout India one year ago.

The anger of the victim’s family and women’s rights campaigners was compounded when local police tried to cremate her body without the family’s permission.

The girl was first attacked in October in Madhyamgram, near Calcutta, by six men. They raped her again the following day as she returned from reporting the assault at a police station with her father.

The men were arrested but the girl and her family continued to receive threats from their associates. The girl set herself on fire after two associates of the accused arrived at her home and threatened her.

 

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3 responses to “India: Gang-Rape Victim Dies After Setting Herself on Fire

  1. Such horror to endure for that girl.

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  3. H.E. Ambassador Sir Kurt A. Alleyne

    I believe there is further information on this story now. I have noted reports that Police may in fact have with held the girls statement in which she appears to have said she “was set alight by others”.

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