19 year old Dalit woman, gangraped, murdered, found hanging from a tree

Source: National Herald

Gujarat, Jan 9 Another horrific case has emerged in north Gujarat where a 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly kidnapped, gang-raped and murdered before her body was found hanging from a tree, in order to suggest suicide, reported The Hindu.

A panel of doctors at the Ahmedabad civil hospital on Wednesday, January 8, conducted the postmortem after the cops lodged a case of kidnapping, gangrape and murder against four persons.

According to the report in The Hindu, the four accused had allegedly kidnapped the victim, gang-raped her before murdering her. After killing the victim, the accused hanged the body from the tree to make it look like suicide.

The 19-year-old girl had gone missing on December 31, 2019, after which her family approached the police on January 3 to lodge an FIR but the local police refused.

According to the report, local police inspector NL Rabri told the family that the girl was safe and had eloped with a boy of the same community and both had got married, so no case was required to be lodged.

On 5 January, the victim’s body was found hanging from the tree. The Family members of the victim refused to accept the body, claiming that it was a murder and not a suicide.

The police registered an FIR on Tuesday — against Bimal Bharvad, Darshan Bharvad, Satish Bharvad and Jigar in the case.

The family agreed to claim the body after registration of the FIR, after which body was sent for postmortem at the Ahmedabad civil hospital.

The case was registered under various provisions and sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act after thousands of Dalits protested in front of the local police station.

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