ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Brutal Sexual Assault and Murder

Barely have the voices of protests against the sexual assault of four minor girls in Hisar district of Haryana been subdued when another horrific display of sexual violence has occurred in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh (UP). Two dalit cousins – both minors – were brutally gang-raped, murdered and hung from a tree on 27 May 2014. The hanging of the bodies from a tree, in full display, by the dominant communities, which is reminiscent of the dark ages, is most condemnable. This is one among a growing number of incidents of sexual and caste violence. This increasing sexual violence against women calls upon each one of us to fight for a society that ensures both safety and dignity to its citizens.

On 27 May, the two cousins had stepped out of their house at night in Katra village of Budaun district to relieve themselves. They were raped and murdered allegedly by three brothers of the Yadav community and hung from a tree. The local police was approached in the frantic search that ensued. The bodies were discovered at 4 am the next morning on a tree. Although the police was informed immediately after the girls went missing, they did not act promptly and turned away the family. This is a clear dereliction of duty. It is only after the protest against the rapist-killers at the police chowki grew that the police reached the spot.

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