Police to investigate alleged gang rape, murder case in Assam

Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:31pm IST

Demonstrators light candles during a candle light vigil after four men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in Delhi were sentenced to death in New Delhi September 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal/Files

Demonstrators light candles during a candle light vigil after four men convicted of raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in Delhi were sentenced to death in New Delhi September 13, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Mansi Thapliyal/Files

Related Topics

GUWAHATI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities on Thursday set up a special investigation team to probe the alleged gang rape and murder of a woman which has triggered days of protests in Assam, evoking memories of the fatal assault on a woman on a bus almost a year ago.

Thousands of protesters have for the past five days taken to the streets and blocked major highways, calling for police to investigate the death of the 31-year-old woman in Assam's Lakhimpur district.

The incident occurred when the woman hired an auto-rickshaw to pick up her daughter from school on Nov 22. Initial reports said she had been gang raped by four men and had her eyes gouged out before she was thrown out onto the road and left to die.

Police however said a post-mortem report showed that there was no sign of sexual assault and that the woman had died of injuries sustained to the head. They said they had arrested one man in relation to the case.

"There is no prima facie evidence of rape," said P.K. Bhuyan, police chief of Lakhimpur district.

An official from the National Commission for Women (NCW) said it was reminiscent of the high profile gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist on December 16 which led to massive public protests over rising crimes against women across urban India.

"This heinous act reminds us of the Nirbhaya episode," said Nirmala Samant, NCW member, refering to the pseudonym meaning 'fearless' in Hindi which was given to the Delhi gang rape victim who had fought her six attackers as they assaulted her.

"A year has not yet passed, and now, a similar incident has happened," Samant added.

Statistics showed that 244,270 crimes against women were reported to the police in 2012, against 228,650 in 2011, according to the National Crimes Records Bureau.

These include rapes, kidnappings, sexual harassment, trafficking, molestation and cruelty by husbands and relatives. They also include instances in which women are driven to suicide as a result of demands for a dowry from their husbands or in-laws.

FILED UNDER:

Bureaucrat Shunted

Reuters Showcase

Photo

Vodafone Tax Case

India's Vodafone decision eases tax worries for Shell, others  Full Article 

Facebook Earnings

Facebook Earnings

Facebook tops Wall Street revenue target in 4th quarter.  Full Article 

Japanese Hostage

Japanese Hostage

Islamic State said to set new deadline for hostage swap  Full Article 

Cricket World Cup

Cricket World Cup

Batting holds key for team India in World Cup  Full Article 

Photo

Australian Open

Serena fends off Keys to book blockbuster Sharapova final   Full Article | Related Story 

Road To Development

Road To Development

Build better roads in developing world to bolster food supplies - study  Full Article 

Photo

Laser Pioneer Dies

Laser's co-inventor, Nobel laureate Charles Townes, dead at 99  Full Article 

New ODI Record

New ODI Record

Sri Lanka's Sangakkara breaks ODI record for dismissals  Full Article 

Rohingya Muslims

Rohingya Muslims

Rohingya refugees say traffickers in Malaysia abuse and kill.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage