Indian mother ‘knew’ her daughter’s murderer

The mother of a woman gang-raped and brutally murdered in India had previously warned authorities about one of the accused.

The woman, a 23-year-old labourer, had gone missing on Tuesday 9 May, and her mutilated body was found days later.

She was taken by the men by car from near her home in Sonipat to the nearby city of Rohtak.

Sonipat is roughly 27 miles north of India’s capital, New Delhi.

According to Haryana police, the gang raped and then murdered the woman by smashing her skull with bricks.

The decomposed and heavily mutilated body was found in an open field in Rohtak on Thursday 11 May.

Local media reported that attempts had been made to disfigure the victim completely to prevent identification.

Ashwin Shenvi, superintendent of police, told Reuters that two men had been arrested in Sonipat for rape and murder.

A further six men were also being investigated after the victim’s mother accused them of involvement.

Shenvi said: “When she said to them she would complain, they hammered her skull in with bricks.

“The way that they brutalised her is horrific”.

However, the victim’s mother had previously registered a complaint against one of the accused for pressuring her daughter into marriage.

The disagreement had eventually been settled between the two parties though, Shenvi said.

Women’s rights activists have demanded justice in the case, which shows similarities to the 2012 fatal gang-rape of Jyoti Singh.

The victim’s mother, in particular, has spoken to New Delhi Television about the parity between the two horrific cases.

She said: “When the accused in Jyoti Singh’s case were punished, our village spoke about the verdict.

“We thought this will deter men, but unfortunately even today girls are not safe and men are not scared”.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has confirmed that the Rohtak case will be heard in a ‘fast-track court’.

Although India has indeed enacted tougher jail sentences for rapists, attacks and severe domestic abuse remain common.

On average, 50 crimes against women are registered daily by police in Delhi, including at least four cases of rape.

TNT News

Photo Credit: Ramesh Lalwani

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