Hathras district Police Superintendent Vikrant Vir said in a statement posted on Twitter that the incident took place on September 14. The victim was first admitted to a hospital in Uttar Pradesh and and later transferred to New Delhi due to the severity of her injuries.
Four men have been arrested and booked for rape and murder and an investigation is underway, according to the police in Hathras.
All four men were from an upper caste and have also been booked under the law for crimes against minorities, according to the statement.
Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader with India’s main opposition Congress Party tweeted that “Uttar Pradesh’s ‘class-specific’ rule of the land has killed another woman. The government said it was fake news and left the victim to die. This unfortunate incident, the death of the victim and the callousness of the government — none of this is fake news.”
Advocates for equal rights for Dalits organized a small rally outside the Delhi hospital where the woman was being treated on Monday.
The leader of the group, Chandrashekhar Azad tweeted: “Me along with the victim’s family are protesting outside Safdarjung hospital right now. We will not tolerate this anymore. We will get justice.”
A number of Indian celebrities, including Bollywood actors and professional athletes, have used their social media to call on the government to adopt policies to protect women.
According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, more than 33,000 cases of alleged rape were reported in the latest available figures from 2018 — roughly 91 cases each day. But experts say that the real number is likely much higher, owing to the shame attached to sexual assault and the social barriers faced by victims that prevents them from reporting attacks.
Swati Gupta reported from New Delhi and Ivana Kottasová wrote in London.