A 19-year-old suspected rape victim was found dead hanging from a tree in India, the fourth woman to be hanged in this way in just the last few weeks. Another woman claims that she was raped by four police officers inside the police station. As global outrage grows over India’s rape epidemic, the problem only seems to be getting worse.
The 19-year-old girl went missing from her village in Uttar Pradesh where many of the recent string of attacks have occurred. Before the family could report her missing to the police, her body was discovered hanging from a tree in a nearby village and her family says she was raped.
Just days ago, a 44-year-old woman was hanged from a tree in the same manner in a village near the Nepal border. Her family says she was raped.
Just last month, two girls, aged 12 and 14, endured the same fate after they left into the woods because their home wasn’t equipped with a bathroom.
Yesterday, another Indian woman came forward to claim that she was raped by four police officers inside their police station in Uttar Pradesh. She says that when she went to the prison at night to plead for the officers to free her imprisoned husband, she was sexually assaulted.
According to Sub-Inspector Balbir Singh, a criminal case has been filed against the four officers.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narenda Modi “urged all politicians to work together to protect women.”
In his first speech since his election, Modi told politicians not to “politicize rape” and said they are “playing with the dignity of women.”
Last week, the state minister in charge of law and order in Utter Pradesh addressed the hanging of the two young girls. Babulal Gaur said rape “is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong.”
The head of the state’s ruling party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, told a crowd of supporters last month that he opposes tougher penalties for rapists.
“Boys will be boys. They make mistakes. Will they be hanged for rape?” he said.