Another gang rape victim dies in UP; 2 held

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Balrampur: A 22-year-old Dalit woman died after allegedly being raped by two men in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur district, succumbing to critical injuries on the same day as the teen from Hathras in the state who breathed her last in a Delhi hospital two weeks after she was assaulted.

Both the women died on Tuesday and were cremated on Wednesday.

The two men accused of assaulting the woman from Balrampur have been arrested, police said amid outrage over the death of the 19-year-old Dalit woman from Hathras.

The Balrampur victim’s mother told reporters on Wednesday night that the rapists broke her daughter’s legs and back, a charge denied by the police.

“My daughter had gone to take admission in a college on Tuesday. On her way back, three-four persons abducted her, took her to their room, gave her an injection and raped her. They later sent her back on an e-rickshaw, which dumped her outside our house. They broke her legs and back. She could not stand or talk,” the woman said.

Quoting the victim’s family members, Balrampur Superintendent of Police (SP) Dev Ranjan Verma said the woman worked in a private firm and returned home on Tuesday in a serious condition. She looked dazed and had a cannula, medically known as Vigo and used for administering an injection or other fluids in the body, inserted in her hands. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but died on the way, the SP said.

When the matter was reported to the police by the hospital, her parents alleged she was gang-raped, he added. Acting on the family’s complaint, police identified the accused as Shahid and Sahil and arrested them.

About the mother’s allegation that the woman’s legs and back were broken, Verma said, “It was not confirmed in the post-mortem. We contradict this news.” She was cremated on Wednesday after the post-mortem in the presence of her family members, the police said.