After Hathras, another Dalit woman was gang-raped in UP: Outrage deepens in the BJP ruling state!

The state of Uttar Pradesh has been in the appalling spotlight as the sequel of the dreadful incidents of gangrapes and the widespread outrage that erupted aftermath of the crime. When the BJP ruling state has been at the center of the nationwide protests after a 19-year-old Dalit woman, from Hathras district, was gang-raped by the four upper-caste men, the state has shown that the violence against women would be never-ending after another Dalit woman from Balrampur district of the state had died after raped by two young men. 

The recent shocker has come when the state has been witnessing deep resentments from activists and opposition parties over the death of the 19-year-old and what has been termed as an unlawful cremation. According to reports close to the developments, a 22-year-old Dalit woman had died in Balrampur district after a gangrape. The incident had happened in the Gaisari area of the district. The woman was working in a private firm and she hadn't returned to her home on Tuesday evening following which her parents started searching for her.

As she failed to respond to phone calls from her parents, it had stirred panic after which they approached the police department. However, amid the search, she had returned home in an autorickshaw with an intravascular cannula - a thin tube inserted into a vein or body cavity to administer medication. According to police, the girl was in a dazed and confused state and in a series condition. 

The girl was then rushed to the nearby hospital for treatments. However, she had died on the way to the hospital, which had further shocked and saddened her parents. The mother of the victim had said that she was unable to speak when she came back home and she only managed to say that she was in a lot of pain and she won't survive. The mother told that the girl was forcibly gang-raped and the accused had broken her back and her legs and she was later sent on the autorickshaw. 

The mother further stated that when the 22-year-old arrived in the home, she had no strength to walk and she succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. After the demise, the victim's brother had filed a complaint, and based on that, the law enforcement agency of Balrampur had registered a case and arrested two accused in connection to the case- Shahid and Sahil. 

According to the reports, the police had booked the accused under the grounds of gangrape and murder on Wednesday night. According to police, the victim was gang-raped in the back room of a grocery store in the Gaisari village and the owner of the grocery store has been the mastermind of the crime. The probe had revealed that the accused had tried to treat the victim after raping her. 

Though the victim's parents had said that her back and legs were broken by the accused, the Balrampur police denied that and claimed that such injuries weren't confirmed in the autopsy report. The second gang-rape incident, that occurred only days after the incident in Hathras district where a 19-year-old woman had gang-raped and died, had fueled the outrage across the nation as the activists, opposition parties, and general public have been slamming the state government over its failure in protecting women. 

The Balrampur police had also drawn major flak from across the country after the police had cremated the 22-year-old victim in a hurry like how Hathras police did for the 19-year-old on Tuesday night. Though some locals said that the cremation of the 22-year-old was conducted with the permission of the victim's family,     the opposition had criticized the police while the nation has been witnessing protests against the incidents that also had captured the caste-based violence. 

Condemning the Balrampur incident, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "In Jungleraj, UP, the persecution of the daughters and the government continues to be a scandal. Never won a living honor and took away the dignity of the funeral. The BJP's slogan is not 'save daughter', hide the fact, save power" and the leader left the hashtag #Balrampurhorror. 

By demanding Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to step down, BSP Chief Mayawati said, "Not a single day passes in UP without any crime against women. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should resign if he can't ensure safety to women. He is unable to maintain law & order in the state. I urge the Centre to send him to his place- Gorakhnath Math".