A 35-year-old man is being charged with rape, murder, and violation under the Prevention of Atrocities act after he allegedly assaulted a 100-year-old bedridden Dalit women in a village in Uttar Pradesh, India. The woman, who died early on Monday morning, was allegedly attacked by the man around midnight on Sunday after the perpetrator abruptly barged into her house in a village on the outskirts of Meerut, the latest brutal rape case that has rocked India. Family members of the victim said that the woman was so sickly and feeble that she was barely able to even call out for help.
“She was very weak. She could only manage to utter feeble cries. We rushed to where she was and were horrified to find the man forcing himself on her,” said the woman’s 40-year-old grandson.
The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but was declared dead by doctors shortly thereafter. Police said that they added charges under the Prevention of Atrocities act after learning that the woman had been a Dalit or “untouchable” — a group that comprises the lowest caste in India. In July, the national president of India’s Bahujan Samaj Party and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Mayawati Kumari, herself a Dalit, resigned after allegedly being silenced for speaking out against rising violence and abuses against the Dalits.
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