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Indian Gang Rape Victim Burned To Death

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An Indian teenager was gang-raped in two separate attacks and then died after being set on fire, sparking protests in the eastern city of Kolkata (Calcutta), police said on Thursday.

The 16-year-old was assaulted first on October 26 and then again the day after by a group of more than six men near her family’s home in Madhyagram town, about 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of Kolkata.

The second rape occurred as she was returning home after reporting the first attack at a police station.

The teenager was then set on fire on December 23 whilst pregnant and died in a state-run hospital late on New Year’s Eve, police said.

The teenager’s death led to angry demonstrations in Calcutta yesterday.

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–>Brinda Karat, one of India’s leading women’s rights campaigners, accused the local government and police of shielding the alleged perpetrators, who were linked to West Bengal’s ruling party, the Trinamool Congress.

She said the case showed little had been done to protect sexual assault victims since the gang rape and murder of a Delhi student provoked outrage throughout India one year ago.

Source : AFP

Image courtesy of Irish Independent

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