Gang Rape Victim in India Begs for Euthanasia After Alleged Assault

Gang Rape Victim in India Begs for Euthanasia After Alleged Assault
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A 36-year-old Dalit woman in India has request¬≠ed per¬≠mis¬≠sion for euthana¬≠sia after she was alleged¬≠ly gang-raped by three men, includ¬≠ing one she knew. 

The vic­tim claims she was drugged and unable to fight back, and is now seek­ing to end her life as she fears the delayed inves­ti­ga­tion has ren­dered the med­ical evi­dence inconclusive.

The inci­dent occurred on May 14 in a vil­lage near Puran­pur in the dis­trict of Pilib­hit, Uttar Pradesh. The woman, whose iden­ti­ty has been with­held, wrote to Indi­an Pres­i­dent Droupa­di Mur­mu fol­low­ing the alleged sex crime. She accused a man named Moham­mad Azim, 35, and two of his col­leagues of the attack.

Despite fil¬≠ing a com¬≠plaint with the local police sta¬≠tion, the vic¬≠tim‚Äôs request was ini¬≠tial¬≠ly reject¬≠ed. It was only after she sub¬≠mit¬≠ted a writ¬≠ten com¬≠plaint to the Super¬≠in¬≠ten¬≠dent of Police that a First Infor¬≠ma¬≠tion Report (FIR) was lodged on May 24 ‚ÄĒ ten days after the alleged incident.

The vic­tim has crit­i­cized the author­i­ties for charg­ing the accused under Sec­tion 376 of the Indi­an Penal Code, which per­tains to rape, instead of Sec­tion 376D, which specif­i­cal­ly address­es gang rape. She fears the delay has com­pro­mised the med­ical evi­dence, fur­ther adding to her trauma.

India has strug­gled with high rates of sex­u­al vio­lence, with the Nation­al Crime Records Bureau report­ing 28,046 rape cas­es in 2020 and 31,677 in 2021. Dalit women, who face dis­crim­i­na­tion due to their mar­gin­alised social sta­tus, are dis­pro­por­tion­ate­ly affected.

Despite legal reforms, many sur¬≠vivors con¬≠tin¬≠ue to encounter sig¬≠nif¬≠i¬≠cant bar¬≠ri¬≠ers in the jus¬≠tice sys¬≠tem, includ¬≠ing delayed inves¬≠ti¬≠ga¬≠tions and insen¬≠si¬≠tive han¬≠dling by author¬≠i¬≠ties. The vic¬≠tim‚Äôs des¬≠per¬≠ate plea for euthana¬≠sia high¬≠lights the urgent need for bet¬≠ter sup¬≠port and pro¬≠tec¬≠tion for vic¬≠tims of sex¬≠u¬≠al crimes in India.

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