Indian rape survivor gang-raped by same men years later

By AFP
Published: July 18, 2016
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Members of the Dalit caste held small protests in Rohtak on Sunday to demand justice for the victim. PHOTO: AFP

Members of the Dalit caste held small protests in Rohtak on Sunday to demand justice for the victim. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: An Indian student was recovering in hospital after being gang-raped by a group of men including some charged with sexually assaulting her three years earlier, an officer said on Monday.

Police in Haryana state were hunting for the five, accused of abducting the 21-year-old student of the lowest Dalit social caste from outside her college before drugging and raping her in a car.

The student was found unconscious in bushes on the side of a highway last Wednesday night in Haryana which borders New Delhi, in the country’s latest shocking sexual attack.

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Haryana deputy superintendent of police Pushpa Khatri said the student, who is still in hospital, has identified all five men — two of whom are currently on bail awaiting trial for raping her in 2013.

“She has identified the five accused and two of them were involved in the gang-rape of the student in Bhiwandi district in 2013,” Khatri told AFP. “We have formed several teams to arrest the accused.”

The woman’s family has accused the five of threatening them in the lead-up to Wednesday’s attack, demanding that they withdraw the rape case lodged after the 2013 assault.

“The accused were constantly threatening us to compromise outside the court. They even offered us a hefty amount for settlement. But we didn’t agree,” the victim’s brother was quoted by the Hindustan Times as saying.

The family also alleged they were forced to move to Rohtak district in the state from a neighbouring district after the 2013 attack because of harassment by the accused.

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Members of the Dalit caste held small protests in Rohtak on Sunday to demand justice for the victim.

The fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 shone a global spotlight on frightening levels of violence against women in India.

It also led to major reform of India’s rape laws, including speeding up of trials and increased punishments for offenders, but horrific attacks continue to be reported in the media on a daily basis.

The most recent official figures show that 36,735 rapes were reported across the country in 2014, although activists say the true number is likely much higher because of the social stigma attached to sexual crimes.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Unknown
    Jul 18, 2016 - 3:26PM

    Now proud Indians will tell us that at least case is registered. If law was working in that sick minded country, they wouldn’t have dared to do it while on bail. The reality of shinning India is evident Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Jul 18, 2016 - 3:51PM

    The Anglo Saxon Legal system has collapsed in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. We need a local system of justice preferably Sharia based in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Saud
    Jul 18, 2016 - 4:30PM

    The most recent official figures show that 36,735 rapes were reported across the country in 2014 Recommend

  • Fahim
    Jul 18, 2016 - 4:56PM

    I have heard they are traded among pedophiles when they got black mailed through some means. Sorry for themRecommend

  • Jul 18, 2016 - 6:22PM

    The real face of India!Recommend

  • Jerry
    Jul 18, 2016 - 6:35PM

    Where are Indian trolls now jumping on every negative news about Pakistan. It is too much vulgarity in highly provocative Bollywood movies combined with poverty, frustration and deprivation. People have to release their anger somehow and hence rapes. Truly pathetic state of society.. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 18, 2016 - 6:39PM

    This to be expected in India. Like their movies with followup sequels 2,3,4, etc having the same ‘action heroes’…Recommend

  • Deepak Arora
    Jul 18, 2016 - 7:06PM

    Shameful ! This speaks volumes about how much criminal fear of the law. Recommend

  • Zee
    Jul 18, 2016 - 8:15PM

    Not so surprisingly, most indian trolls are absent here because they’re more worried about the length of the runway at the new Islamabad airport.Recommend

  • salman
    Jul 18, 2016 - 10:07PM

    yet most of the rape cases in India are not reported. That country is in a share mess while love to poke into other’s matters.Recommend

  • UK
    Jul 19, 2016 - 12:13AM

    ShameRecommend

  • Zk
    Jul 19, 2016 - 12:15AM

    True color of Shinning India. Shame on IndiaRecommend

  • curious2
    Jul 19, 2016 - 12:58AM

    India and Pakistan are more alike then either wants to admit – both have much work to do to fix their justice systems as well as their social views of women. Recommend

  • Farah
    Jul 19, 2016 - 1:34PM

    It happens only in India. Worst place on earth for a woman to live in….Recommend

  • ahsan
    Jul 19, 2016 - 10:30PM

    God forbid but if this happened in Pakistan the comment section would had been full of Indian haters but not one is in sight now!!Recommend

  • Jugnoo
    Jul 19, 2016 - 11:58PM

    It’s not about India or Pakistan..it is actually exposing women in the name of fashion or modeling and depicting sextual contents such as gang rape or so in the films by the name of entertainment .. so uneducated people repeat the same things in their real life…they think of women only in the sense of sextual tissue paper instead of respectable human being..Recommend

  • Waqas Ahmed
    Jul 20, 2016 - 12:23AM

    It’s sickening how lower caste Dalits are treated in India. The upper caste Hindu believe they can abuse Dalits as much as they like and treat them like animals without ever being held accountable. Yet you don’t see the international community and countries like USA/UK or EU condemning the human rights violation in India simply because they are more interested in billions of dollars worth of Arm and business deals from India.Recommend

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