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A six-year-old girl has died in hospital after being raped – with furious protests now taking place.
The victim was attacked in the Hathras district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
She was treated at a hospital in Delhi but tragically passed away today, October 6.
The distraught family have since placed her body in the road and protesters have blocked traffic.
They say they will not perform the last rites until the perpetrator is caught.
Uttar Pradesh, which is governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ranks as the most unsafe state for women in the country.
An average of nearly 90 rapes were reported in India every day last year, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
It is feared large numbers also go unreported.
Last month, a 19-year-old woman died from her injuries after allegedly being dragged from a field and gang raped in Uttar Pradesh.
The 19-year-old victim was attacked on September 14 in the district of Hathras the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Four men took her by the scarf before raping and trying to strangle her, foreign media reports.
Her family found her naked, bleeding and paralysed.
The victim’s spinal cord was damaged and her tongue, which apparently got caught between her teeth, was split.
She was pronounced dead at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 29.
Police have arrested four men in connection with the crime.
The victim was a Dalit, from the lowest Indian caste formerly known as the untouchables.
There are approximately 166.6 million Dalits in India, who continue to face widespread oppression and atrocities.
In 2019, more than 500 Dalit women were raped in Uttar Pradesh alone, according to NCRB data.
The nationwide figure was more than 3,500.
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