A 19-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh who was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh on September 14 died today morning at a Delhi hospital. She had been battling for her life for two weeks.
She was admitted at Aligarh’s JN Medical College hospital and later on shifted to Delhi. She was in a critical condition when shifted to the Delhi hospital and had been in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
All four attackers involved in the crime have been arrested by Hathras police and are currently under police custody. The four accused, as identified by the woman, are namely, Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush and Ravi. According to Harthas ASP Prakash Kumar, all the accused had been booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and later also charged with gang-rape under Section 376 D.He also said that the case will be tried by a fast-track court.
According to an earlier statement given by Hathras Superintendent of Police (SP) Vikrant Vir, the woman was a Dalit woman who had gone to the fields along with her mother on the day of the incident. The family members started searching for the girl after she went missing and they found her in a critical condition.
The victim was also physically assaulted. The SP added that there was a serious cut on her tongue, indicating that there was an attempt to strangulate her.
The woman’s family has accused the police of negligence. Following the incident, the Station House Officer (SHO) of Chandpa police station of Hathras district was transferred. Several political leaders from Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress have condemned the incident and slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over the law and order situation.