Four upper caste men sexually tortured a 19 year old Dalit girl named as Manisha who belongs to Hathras Village in Uttar Pradesh. She succumbed to injuries in a hospital in Delhi in the early hours of Tuesday. The incident created huge outrage in the country as influential personalities such as Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Kangana Ranaut, Akshay Kumar voiced out for the victim and demanded immediate justice for her.
The girl went to collect animal fodder with her mother from a field on 14th of September. She was cutting grass with her family not too far off in a field. She was wearing a Salwar kameez, when the rapists dragged her by her dupatta and gang raped her.
Sadly nothing has changed in India from Nirbhaya to Manisha!— mayuri saikia (@mayuris45425174) September 29, 2020
Tongue cut off, Neck and Spinal cord broken.
She couldn't survive the brutal rape and passed away. #7Baje7Minute #JusticeForManisha #JusticeForManishaValmiki pic.twitter.com/IJWIOoMvst
She was later found with brutal injuries. Her tongue had a serious cut as the girl reportedly bit it in pain. To our shock, the accused also tried to strangulate her, according to the Superintendent of Police Vikrant Vir. The four accused named in the rape case have been arrested, according to the reports.
The victim was struggling for her life under the ventilator in an Aligarh hospital for around 3 days. Later, she was referred to Safturjung, Delhi on Monday. However, the conditions of Hathras rape victim failed to improve and hence she succumbed to the injuries. The accused who tried to kill the victim has been identified as Sandip (20).
“What happened in #Hathras is inhumane and goes beyond cruelty. Hope the culprits of this heinous crime will be brought to justice.” wrote Virat Kohli in his tweet condemning the act whereas Raina wrote “It pains a lot to even hear this. A girl from UP was tortured & gang raped at #Hathras has lost her life today. We need to take strict actions against the culprits.This needs to stop NOW, our women deserve every right to go outside without any fear.”
It pains a lot to even hear this. A girl from UP was tortured & gang raped at #Hathras has lost her life today. We need to take strict actions against the culprits.This needs to stop NOW, our women deserve every right to go outside without any fear. #JusticeForManishaValmiki— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 29, 2020
Many other celebrities reacted to the crime in a way of seeking justice.
Angry & Frustrated!Such brutality in #Hathras gangrape.When will this stop?Our laws & their enforcement must be so strict that the mere thought of punishment makes rapists shudder with fear!Hang the culprits.Raise ur voice to safeguard daughters & sisters-its the least we can do— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 29, 2020
Shoot these rapists publicly, what is the solution to these gang rapes that are growing in numbers every year? What a sad and shameful day for this country. Shame on us we failed our daughters #RIPManishaValmiki— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 29, 2020
The girl who fell prey to the predators/rapists, died today. I solemnly request the judicial system to pass the laws of punishment of rape as "TO BE HANGED PUBLICLY". Such predators would fear their lives before they pounce on taking off somebody else's.#JusticeForManisha— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) September 29, 2020
Caste based violence IS caste based violence. Reporting it for it is, is not reduction. https://t.co/yoc8E3b8rT— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) September 29, 2020