HATHRAS: The Dalit woman from the Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh who was allegedly gang-raped by four upper caste men succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi. Among other significant injuries, the woman was first admitted to a district hospital 15 days ago with her tongue cut off and her spinal cord seriously injured. She was later admitted for treatment to Aligarh Hospital and then to Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital.
Police said she was pulled into a field and gangraped and strangled with her dupatta. Based on her complaint by the victim on September 23, after she briefly regained consciousness, Hathras police said that four accused were arrested in the district of Hathras. Apart from charges under the SC / ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, they are charged with gangrape and attempted murder. She named three guys, Sandeep, his uncle Ravi (35) and their friend Luv Kush, according to IE. The family alleged that Sandeep, the main accused, and his family had always harassed Dalits in the area. They said Sandeep's grandfather was booked under the SC / ST Act and spent three months in prison, almost two decades ago, for allegedly thrashing the victim's grandfather over a small question.
As quoted by the daily, the brother of the victims said, "They are upper castes and have always called us names. We ignore them. Sandeep is an alcoholic who harasses women, but no one ever files a complaint."