In yet another horrific incident that brings back memories of 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder, a 50-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district was gang-raped and murdered. The incident was reported from a village under Ughaiti police station area.
The brutal incident occurred when the 50-year-old woman, who worked as an Anganwadi worker, went to a temple on Sunday evening and never returned, News18 reported.
The post-mortem report of the deceased has confirmed that she suffered injuries after an iron rod was inserted into her private parts and her leg was also fractured. According to the report, the woman's ribs were broken and her left lung suffered damage during the assault. The woman's death has been attributed to excessive bleeding and shock.
Visuals from the woman's village residence show her body on a cot, surrounded by her family. A yellow cloth covering her lower body appears to be drenched in blood and one of her legs seems to be bent at the foot.
The police have booked three people including a priest and a driver based on a complaint filed by the woman's family.
The victim's son said that his mother's body was found dumped at their residence in the night by the three accused.
The police have filed a case under relevant sections including 376 (rape) of Indian Penal Code. Budaun police chief Sankalp Sharma has confirmed two arrests and assured that disciplinary action against local policemen for negligence in underway.
Kumar also revealed that a bounty of Rs 50,000 has been announced to nab the other culprit.
"The preliminary inquiry has found that the local police station in-charge was negligent in handling the case. I have ordered his suspension," Sharma said.
Family members of the victim alleged that the police station officer of Ughaiti, Ravendra Pratap Singh, did not act despite their complaint. The body was sent for post-mortem only 18 hours after the brutal incident took place.
Netizens have compared the brutal incident to the 2012 Nirbhaya incident where a young woman was gang-raped inside a running bus in New Delhi. She had later succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Singapore.
Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma said that they have taken cognisance of the matter.
The horrific incident comes months after a Dalit woman from UP's Hathras died after she was allegedly gang-raped and brutalised by four upper-caste men in her village.