16-Year-Old Commits Suicide After Being Gang Raped

A 16-year-old girl has taken her own life after allegedly
being gang-raped as punishment for her mother winning a local election in
The teenager was found hanging on Christmas Day after
reportedly being kidnapped and sexually assaulted by two relatives of a losing
She went to police with her mother and other relatives,
claiming that she had been snatched while she was asleep at home and attacked
in a field on December 23.
But the girl was sent home with only verbal reassurances
from officers who reportedly refused to file an official report.

The girl, who has not been named, took her own life the next
day, apparently traumatised and humiliated at not being taken seriously. It was
only after her death that police arrested two suspects. 
The Socialist Party candidate in Mirzapur, Arvind Sen, told
The Times Of India that the girl was gang-raped to avenge the poll defeat,
allegedly by relatives of a losing candidate.
Her mother was elected for the local government faction, the
block development council, in the Mirzapur district of north-east India.

The alleged incident is the latest in a series of
high-profile cases to have shone a spotlight on women’s safety in India in
recent years. 

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