The 19-year-old victim was raped by a gang of four men in the city of Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, about 100km from New Delhi.
A woman died in a hospital in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Tuesday, weeks after authorities claimed she was raped by a group of men, sparking protests and opposition criticism over what was said to be a failure to protect women.
Her case was the latest in a series of gruesome crimes against women in India that have given her the sad reputation of being one of the worst places in the world to be a woman.
A woman reported rape on average every 15 minutes in India in 2018, according to the latest government data released in January.
“There is hardly any protection for women. Criminals openly commit crimes, “Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, leader of the opposition Congress party, said on Twitter.
Police arrested four men in connection with the crime.
Yet another gang rape of a Dalit girl in UP’s Hathras.
Brutally raped, broken spinal cord, she is fighting for her life in AIIMS
– Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) September 28, 2020
On Monday, the woman was taken from a hospital in Uttar Pradesh state to Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi, where she died while being treated, authorities said.
About 300 protesters from the Bhim Army, a party that defends the rights of the Dalits, entered the hospital building and shouted slogans near the morgue where the woman’s body was kept.
“We will take the matter to court expedited for a quicker investigation and evidence gathering,” Hathras district authorities said in a statement.
#Hathras has been trending on Twitter as social media users have expressed outrage over the latest case of gruesome sexual assault.
The woman’s state of origin, Uttar Pradesh, ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is the most dangerous state for women in the country.
Last December, a 23-year-old Dalit woman was set on fire by a gang of men on her way to a court in Uttar Pradesh to report rape allegations.