DELHI, India, July 26 (UPI) — A 14-year-old girl died in India after being kidnapped and raped by the same man who was awaiting trial for raping her last year, local authorities said.
The victim, a Dalit, a member of the lowest caste in India, was kidnapped by the man in May, and her parents told police she was tortured and forced to drink chemicals, police told CNN. She later died in a hospital.
Her death follows a similar attack on another Dalit girl allegedly gang raped a second time by the same group, spurring international outrage and scrutiny of how the men were allowed to make bail.
“How long will Delhi’s girls be thrown to the wolves. This Nirbhaya was also raped by the system. Can anybody hear her scream?” said Swati Maliwal, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women in a series of tweets.
“There are so many questions we can raise over the police action in this case. Why was the accused not arrested? Why was the Prevention of Atrocities Act not applied in this case?” Maliwal said.
The victim was allegedly kidnapped by the man who is accused of raping her in December, binding her hands and feet, and starving her while she was held.