Amid the cases of crime reported against women across Uttar Pradesh in the last few weeks, another shocking incident came to light. A Dalit woman was allegedly raped at gunpoint by two men, including a former village head, in Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Sunday.
“The incident took place a week back, but the police were informed about the alleged gang-rape on Sunday,” Superintendent of Police (Kanpur Dehat) Keshav Kumar Choudhary said.
Kanpur: Dalit woman allegedly raped at gunpoint by 2 men, including a former village head in Derapur
“On victim’s complaint, we have registered a case against 2 men belonging to same caste as her’s. Teams are out to arrest accused,” says Keshav Kumar Choudhary, SP, Kanpur Rural pic.twitter.com/Ukq871ulbm
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According to a complaint filed by the victim’s parents, the accused duo barged into their house when the 22-year-old woman was alone and raped her one by one at gunpoint.
Earlier, a 19-year-old Dalit woman had succumbed to her injuries at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29 after being assaulted and allegedly gang-raped in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras on September 14. The Uttar Pradesh government had recommended a CBI probe in the Hathras incident.
Hathras incident had triggered a nationwide uproar with protests and calls for justice.
All four accused in the gang-rape have been arrested and the Hathras district administration had also issued a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs for the victim’s family.
In Balrampur, a 22-year-old woman died after having been allegedly gang-raped by two men on 29 September in Gesadi village of Balrampur. Both accused have been arrested.
Uttar Pradesh had registered the most cases of crimes against women — 59,853 — in the country from 1 January to 31 December 2019, according to the National Crime Records Bureau’s ‘Crime in India 2019’ report.