A 19-year-old girl who was gang-raped by four of her friends after she had celebrated her 19th birthday party in a Mumbai suburb in July, has died of multiple internal injuries at a government hospital, officials said on Friday.
The teenager died late Wednesday of multiple internal injuries a month after she was allegedly gang-raped by four guests at her 19th birthday party in India.
Taking a strong note of the incident, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) has ordered the Chunabhatti Police Station to submit its detailed investigation report by Saturday, register a rape-cum-murder case and extend financial assistance to the victim’s family as per laws.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will take out a procession from Chembur to Chunabhatti Police Station on Friday afternoon, to protest against the incident and the growing atrocities on women.
It was on July 7, when the victim had come to Mumbai and her four male friends insisted on celebrating her birthday at the home of one of them.
That evening, after cutting the birthday cake, the four friends allegedly overpowered and gang-raped her, and the victim, in deep shock and trauma, quietly returned home the next day without informing the Mumbai police or her family.
However, it was only in the third week of July when she complained of severe pain in her private parts that she was taken to the hospital where the matter ultimately came to light on July 30.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule led a protest through Mumbai today.
The party’s chief spokesman told the Hindustan Times: ‘The victim has died. It has been one month (since the alleged gangrape), yet the accused have not been arrested.
‘To condemn it, we will take out a protest march from Lal Dongar in Chembur to Chunabhatti police station tomorrow.’
According to India’s National Crime Record’s Bureau, around 100 sexual assaults are reported to police every day despite attempts from government and local law enforcement to curtail the epidemic.