Woman gang raped, tortured, paraded through streets for rejecting love advance

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Police arrest 11 suspects over rape, torture of woman

Police have arrested 11 people, including nine women over the alleged brutal gang rape and torture of a young woman, who refused love advances of a man who failed to woo her out of wedlock.

The police in the Indian capital, Delhi, who made the arrest said that the victim was also paraded through the streets and humiliated by the suspects.

The incident took place on Wednesday in East Delhi’s Kasturba Nagar area as the nation celebrated Republic Day — marked by a grand military parade through Central Delhi.

CBS News reports that the woman, 20, was allegedly abducted and raped by a group of men in a revenge attack. The victim’s head was shaved, face blackened, and a garland of shoes put around her neck as she was hit and paraded through the streets in East Delhi. Video of that part of the abuse went viral, causing widespread outrage.

It shows a group of women forcing the victim to walk and hitting her while onlookers cheer. The victim’s family has said her attackers are connected to a family in which a teenage boy died by suicide last November. They say the boy was stalking and pursuing the victim for a long time but when his advances were rejected, he took his life.

The woman is married and has a 3-year-old son. “He fell in love with her… He used to keep calling and asking her to leave her husband and be with him. She would always refuse,” the victim’s sister told an Indian news outlet. After the boy’s suicide, his family had reportedly threatened the woman several times, prompting her to move recently.

The Delhi police said they were investigating the case and more arrests were expected soon.

The victim’s family has been given police protection. Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, called the attack “shameful” and urged strict action against the perpetrators.

The alleged attack in the Indian capital is the latest in a string of rapes, and part of wider plague of sexual violence against Indian women.

 

CBS News

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