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World Indian police rule out rape allegation in case of Dalit woman whose death sparked protests across India

02:00  02 october  2020
02:00  02 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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A second Dalit woman has died after alleged gang rape , sparking outrage and protests across India . Both women , from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, were Dalits -- the lowest-ranked in India 's caste-based hierarchy, according to the All India Mahila Congress, the women 's wing of

Indian police detained key leaders of the opposition Congress party after police prevented them from visiting a village where a 19-year-old Dalit woman was The detentions took place as another woman of India 's lowest caste died following a separate gang rape . The 22-year-old was allegedly raped by

After a teenager's death in an alleged attack by four men sparked protests across India, state police announced Thursday that she had not been raped. The suspects in the case remain in custody and still face murder charges.

a group of people on a newspaper: Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest following accusations of Indian Police forcibly cremating the body of a 19-year-old woman victim, who was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Bool Garhi village of Uttar Pradesh state, near India Gate in New Delhi on September 30, 2020. - Indian police were accused on September 30 of forcibly cremating the body of a 19-year-old alleged gang-rape victim as anger grew over the latest horrific sexual assault to rock the country. The teenager from India's marginalised Dalit community suffered serious injuries in a brutal sexual attack two weeks ago, according to her family and police, and died at a New Delhi hospital on September 29. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP) (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images) © SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest following accusations of Indian Police forcibly cremating the body of a 19-year-old woman victim, who was allegedly gang-raped by four men in Bool Garhi village of Uttar Pradesh state, near India Gate in New Delhi on September 30, 2020. - Indian police were accused on September 30 of forcibly cremating the body of a 19-year-old alleged gang-rape victim as anger grew over the latest horrific sexual assault to rock the country. The teenager from India's marginalised Dalit community suffered serious injuries in a brutal sexual attack two weeks ago, according to her family and police, and died at a New Delhi hospital on September 29. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP) (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)

The 19-year-old woman died on Tuesday, two weeks after she was allegedly attacked by upper caste men in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. She belonged to the Dalit community -- the lowest strata in India's caste based hierarchy.

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The gang- rape and death of a woman from the lowest level of India 's caste system sparked outrage across the country on Wednesday, with several The victim, who belonged to the Dalit community, was raped by four men on 14 September in the central state of Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh.

The incident sparked outrage across the Indian political spectrum as well as social media, with many prominent personalities taking potshots at the state government for rising atrocities against members of the socially underprivileged Dalit community in Uttar Pradesh.

Local police initially said the victim was raped and strangled in a field near her home in Hathras. But on Thursday, the police said they were ruling out the rape allegations.

"Putting to rest all the speculation, the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report on the vaginal sample of the 19-year old girl of Hathras has revealed that she was not raped," Prashant Kumar, a senior official from the Uttar Pradesh Police said in a statement. The post-mortem report indicated the woman died due to trauma following injury to the neck.

The state police arrested four men last month in connection to the crime. They were initially charged with gang-rape and attempt to murder.

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Her death has sparked anger across the country. Dalit activists have shut down the main market in Hathras Dalits are some of India 's most downtrodden citizens because of an unforgiving Hindu caste hierarchy that Media captionDelhi Nirbhaya rape death penalty: How the case galvanised India .

Indian police were accused Wednesday of cremating the body of a 19-year-old woman against her family's will after she was allegedly gang- raped by four men The teenager from India 's marginalised Dalit community suffered serious injuries in a brutal sexual attack two weeks ago, according to her

The victim's body has already been cremated, and her family has not yet responded to the police statement ruling out the alleged rape.

Speaking to CNN News 18, the mother of the victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said her daughter's body was taken away from her against her wishes.

"I begged them to show me her face one last time. They didn't," she said.

Swati Maliwal, the chief of the Delhi Commission of Women alleged on Tuesday that the victim's body was cremated without the family's consent, which the local authorities deny.

"She was cremated with their consent. Her family members were present there. To make this allegation is absolutely wrong," said District Magistrate PK Laxkar.

India's main opposition party has claimed a cover up in the case and called on the Uttar Pradesh's chief minister to resign.

Facing heavy criticism, the state government has promised to fast track the case. The government said a special investigation would be conducted and that the investigative team would have seven days to submit their report.

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theres another case of dalit minor girl getting raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep singh sengar. the current hindu facist government of UP led by yogi adityanath protected that rapist MLA by getting all the witnesses killed in execution style and the rape victims father was framed in false case and then had

A 19-year-old Dalit (formerly untouchable) woman has died after she was allegedly gang raped by four Police told local media that the four men had dragged the victim to a field in Hathras district His party has now called for nationwide protests over her death . Dalits are some of India 's most

Once the investigation concludes, the four men's hearings will take place in a fast-track court, according to state government spokesperson Mrityunjay Kumar.

The woman's family has also been granted a compensation of about $34,000, a government job for a family member and a new house in the village, he added in a statement.

The woman's death sparked protests across Uttar Pradesh, which then spread to major cities including New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Hundreds of angry protesters chanted and waved banners as they marched through the streets of Hathras. Some demonstrators gathered outside the Delhi hospital where she died; another protest took place near the Indian President's residence, where several dozen people were detained for violating pandemic restrictions.

The public outcry intensified after it emerged that a second woman, a 22-year-old who was also a member of the Dalit community, died of severe injuries in the same state on the same day after being allegedly being gang raped.

India's caste system was officially abolished in 1950, but the 2,000-year-old social hierarchy imposed on people by birth still exists in many aspects of life. The caste system categorizes Hindus at birth, defining their place in society, what jobs they can do and who they can marry.

According to human rights organizations including the United Nations Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, Dalit women are particularly vulnerable to caste-based violence and discrimination.

Gang rape of young Dalit women revolts India .
Raped by two men, a woman from the underprivileged Dalit community in India died on her way to hospital on Tuesday. In mid-September, another Dalit lost her life in the same circumstances. His death had sparked the anger of the Indian people. © Rajanish Kakade / AP / SIPA Demonstration in Mumbai, Friday October 2, against gang rapes against Dalit women. In India, an average of 87 rapes were reported every day in 2019.

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