Poll rivalry

14-year-old daughter of politician in India kills herself after being gang-raped by relatives of political rival

Indian activists participate in a rally to protest incidents of sexual abuse, molestation and rapes against women. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

A 14-year-old girl has killed herself after being gang-raped for revenge by relatives of a political rival after her mother won a local election. In what appears to be a particularly horrific case of what is locally-known as “Panchayat poll rivalry,” two men kidnapped the sleeping girl from her house and raped her in a nearby field last Wednesday. After the girl, her mother and family reported the crime to the police, police refused to file a report and sent the family home with only verbal assurances. The girl then hanged herself in her home the same day. The girl’s mother was a candidate for a local government faction in the Mirzapur district of north-east India, and northern India has seen several cases of violence only this month due to poll rivalry. Police have now arrested the two men responsible for the rape.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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