A 19-year-old Dalit woman in India has died after she was allegedly gang raped by four upper-caste men which has led to an outburst. Opposition parties in the state have condemned the attack.
The woman was admitted to a hospital in Delhi two weeks ago with several serious injuries.
The attack occurred on 14 September in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Four men have been arrested.
The news of her death has prompted many in India to take to social media and demand justice.
Police told local media that the four men had dragged the victim to a field in Hathras district, where they allegedly raped her.
The victim’s brother confirmed her death to BBC Hindi, saying that no arrests had been made in the first 10 days after the incident took place. “She was left for dead. She fought for her life for 14 days,” he said.
“The government should provide all possible help to the victim’s family and ensure speedy punishment to the culprits by prosecuting them in a fast-track court,” Mayawati, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Dalit politician, tweeted on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was named Nirbhaya – the fearless one – by the press as she could not be named under Indian law.