In India, 14-year-old alleged rape victim dies after being forced to drink acid

Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, Swati Maliwal (MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

In India, a 14-year-old Dalit girl died on Sunday after allegedly being kidnapped two months ago, sexually assaulted several times, tortured, and then forced to drink a corrosive substance. The girl had previously accused the alleged kidnapper, Shiv Shankar, of rape, but the girl’s uncle said that Shankar threatened them and kidnapped her on May 15 before the original rape case could go to trial. “For two months she suffered everyday,” said the girl’s uncle in comments made to The Indian Express. “She was forced to drink an acid-like substance after which she could not eat anything. Drinking water was also painful. She would vomit blood.”

Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal, who was with the girl when she died, has questioned why the accused wasn’t held in custody under the Prevention of Atrocities Act for the original rape trial — a measure that would have prevented the subsequent kidnapping. Maliwal said that it was only after DCW issued notice to police that the accused, who had continued to roam free, was finally arrested. Other perpetrators involved in the kidnapping are believed to still be at large. In subsequent tweets, Maliwal also condemned the abolishment of a special task force on women’s safety that had been established in Delhi in 2013 after the December 16 gangrape, saying that the move “[added] insult to injury.”

Read the full story at Hindustan Times.


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