Woman raped and left for dead hanging from pole amid sex assault crisis in India

A woman in India was raped and brutally beaten before being hung naked from a power pole.

The 22-year-old woman was reportedly abducted by a group of men on her way to a public toilet and taken to a deserted area in her village in Bihar, East India.

According to local media, she was raped and horribly beaten while trying to resist the sick attack.

Seven people are reportedly being held by police on suspicion of being involved in the attack. India Today reports.

The woman, who is in critical condition and unable to speak, was also stripped of her jewelry when her attackers threatened to kill her.

Villagers claim workers who were called in to pitch tents for a wedding that took place at their home were responsible for the attack.

When they thought she was dead, they tied her to a power pole with no clothes on before the villagers found her unconscious and in critical condition.

She was taken to the Dalsinghsarai hospital before being transferred to another hospital for treatment, where she is still fighting for her life.

Seven suspects were arrested in connection with the attack, reports the Times of India.

Samastipur SP Manavjit Singh Dhillon said several times that women in villages did not report their rapes to the police because of the social stigma in India.

India has come into the spotlight worldwide in recent years due to its records of sexual violence.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, there were 32,033 rape cases in the country in 2019, averaging 88 per day.

While this gives India a significantly lower per capita rate than other countries – and around a quarter of France’s, for example – it is generally accepted that a high proportion of rape in the country is not reported.

This may be due in part to a victim blame culture that can extend from the villages to the court system.

Protests

The rape of a 23-year-old student on a public bus in Delhi in 2012 sparked protests across the capital.

But the situation does not seem to have improved over the years as reports of heinous sexual assaults against Indian girls and women keep surfacing.

As recently as last month, it was reported that a teenage boy was tied to a pole next to her alleged rapist and beaten up as part of a ritual performed by villagers.

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