Gang-rape victim dies after being set on fire

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Indian police said a teenage girl who was gang-raped twice in Kolkata last October died after she was set on fire by her aggressors. Before her death, the 16-year-old girl from gave a sworn statement claiming that she was set on fire by two people, who had earlier abused her. The victim’s family told police that following their daughter’s rape, friends and family of the accused continually harassed them to withdraw the case. The girl’s family said they received no protection from the police. Until the death-bed statement, police were treating the girl’s death as a suicide. In December 2012, a gang-rape in New Delhi of a student led to a huge public outcry, forcing government to pass stronger laws against rape. There has been a sharp increase in the reporting of rape cases to police since then, but no indication that tougher laws led to a decrease in the crimes committed against women. The new rape case triggered a fresh wave of anger from politicians and women’s groups.

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