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A 45-year-old woman gangraped and brutalized with iron rod

Siddhi, Madhya Pradesh

16th January 2021

After the horrifying incident of the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, and the much-needed

amendment of the criminal laws in India, one would expect the number of rape

cases to plummet. However, the stringent laws have failed to create a deterrent

effect, probably due to a lack of awareness about the same. Recently, in a

gruesome reminder of the Nirbhaya incident, a 45-year-old widow was gang-raped and brutalized with an iron rod in the Sidhi District of Madhya Pradesh. She

was grievously injured and was bleeding continuously while she was being

shifted from two hospitals, covering a distance of about 120 km.

The victim made a modest living by running a tea shop. On the night of the

incident, she was asleep in her hut, while one of the accused knocked at her

door and asked for water. When she said there was none, he barged into her hut,

and raped her, and later brutalized her with an iron rod. Presently, she is out of

danger but will take more than a week to recover. The three accused have been

arrested and are undergoing interrogation.

- Toshali Pattnaik, research Intern, Stambh Organization

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