A Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped by seven in the Buxar district of Bihar on Saturday. Her five-year-old child died by drowning after being attacked and thrown into a canal, along with the survivor.
The matter came to light on the wee hours of Sunday when Murar police recovered the body of the minor from a canal with the unconscious mother after locals spotted them.
According to NDTV, only two accused have been identified so far, and the survivor has been admitted to a district hospital. The police have registered an FIR, identified two of the accused, and even arrested one in connection to the case, said officials.
The victim was admitted to a district hospital, about 135 km from Patna for treatment and her medical examination was underway. The child’s body has been sent for post-mortem, said police officer KK Singh. Other details were being ascertained, he added.
An FIR lodged based on the survivors’ father statement mentions that the incident took place at around 11 am on Saturday when his daughter, along with the child, were on their way to the bank to deposit Rs 6,000.
According to the Hindustan Times report, the father stated that when his daughter reached the bank of the canal, two men, identified as Bhola Yadav and Mina Ram, and their five associates forcibly took her to an isolated place and allegedly gang-raped her and killed her child.
This incident comes in the aftermath of the Hathras horror where a 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly gang-raped, and strangulated by caste men in the Uttar Pradesh village.