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World India: tensions and arrests after the rape of an "untouchable" in Uttar Pradesh

12:15  02 october  2020
12:15  02 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Des militantes indiennes de l'ONG All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) lors d'un rassemblement le 1er octobre à Bangalore, après le viol d'une intouchable (Dalit) dans l'Uttar Pradesh. © Manjunath Kiran / AFP Indian activists from the NGO All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) during a rally on the 1st October in Bangalore, after the rape of an untouchable (Dalit) in Uttar Pradesh.

Tension mounts after the rape of an untouchable in India. The police burned his body without the consent of his relatives. She also arrested Congress Party figure Rahul Gandhi on Thursday as he attempted to meet the family.

With our correspondent in Bangalore, Côme Bastin

Every day of the week adds to the crisis. A 19-year-old low-caste woman died on Tuesday, October 29, after being raped by four men in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

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While the police arrested the perpetrators, the family claim that the young woman's body was hastily burned without her consent. Charges that outraged all of India.

Protests erupted in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan on Wednesday. For its part, the government of Uttar Pradesh has transformed the district of Hathras, where the incident took place, into a fortress, banning all gatherings there.

Rahul Gandhi arrested

opposition leaders Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi wanted to meet the family on Thursday. But their convoy was stopped before Rahul Gandhi was arrested by the police and brought back to Delhi. With 200 members of the Congress party, he could be accused of violating distancing and safety rules.

The National Crime Bureau released a report this week on violence against women in India. Bottom line: 7% increase in 2019, and Uttar Pradesh tops the list of states where these crimes are committed.

See also: India: execution of four men convicted of gang rape of a woman in 2012

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