Outrage after woman, 34, is raped with iron rod and dies from her injuries as suspect faces death penalty

PEOPLE in India have been left outraged after a woman who was allegedly raped with an iron rod died from her injuries.

The woman, 34, was found lying unconscious inside a minibus on Friday, Mumbai's Police Commissioner Hermant Nagrale said at a news conference on Saturday.


According to News-18, a local official claimed the woman was allegedly raped and assaulted with an iron rod.

 The 34-year-old was later was admitted to hospital and initially responded to treatment.

However, she succumbed to her injuries on Saturday, the commissioner confirmed.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and murder after police identified him on CCTV footage.

He has yet to be formally charged and is expected to remain in custody until September 21.

If he is found guilty, the suspect could face the death penalty.

A senior police inspector told CNN that the victim and the alleged perpetrator were both homeless.

Yogita Bhayana, an anti-rape and women's rights activity, said that Friday's case had "shaken the nation once again" as it echoes the horrific case of the 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in 2012.

The victim was dubbed Nirbhaya – the fearless one – by the Indian press.

She was heading home with a male friend from a cinema when six men tricked them onto a bus.

They beat the man with a metal bar, raped the woman and used the bar to inflict massive internal injuries to her.

The physiotherapy student was left for dead on the roadside and clung to life for two weeks.

She died in a hospital in Singapore, where she had been transferred in a desperate attempt to save her.

Her death cast a spotlight on the high number of cases of sexual assault in India with the country fighting a crisis over the past decade.

In 2017, five years after Jyoti's death, the number of reported rapes increased by more than 34,000.

This is partly attributed to victims showing greater confidence in coming forward as public awareness begins to chip away the stigma around rape.

In India, one rape is reported every 15 minutes and it’s estimated that 90 percent of attacks go unreported.

HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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