Thursday 21 September 2017

Indian men 'raped woman a second time to punish her for refusing to drop charges'

Five Indian men allegedly gang-raped a low-caste woman for the second time in three years to 'punish' her after she refused to drop charges against them for the initial crime. Thinkstock Images
Five Indian men allegedly gang-raped a low-caste woman for the second time in three years to 'punish' her after she refused to drop charges against them for the initial crime. Thinkstock Images

Andrew Marszal

Five Indian men allegedly gang-raped a low-caste woman for the second time in three years to "punish" her after she refused to drop charges against them for the initial crime.

The Dalit - or "untouchable" - student and her family had moved cities to escape the men who first allegedly assaulted her in Bhiwani in 2013. But the men, who remain at large, tracked her down and attacked her as she left her university campus in nearby Rohtak last Wednesday, she told police.

"I got scared seeing them. They forcefully pushed me inside the car. They were the same men who had raped me earlier," the victim, who is in her early 20s, said in a statement.

She passed out during the alleged assault before being abandoned by the men by the roadside. Passers-by found her lying unconscious with her clothes torn and took her to hospital.

The woman's family said the assault was an attempt to intimidate or punish her after they refused to accept an out-of-court settlement and ignored the men's "constant threats" against pursuing legal proceedings.

Only two of the five accused in the 2013 crime were ever arrested and even these men were released on bail. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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