Rape Victims Suffer in Silence After India Riots

Fatima’s face turned ashen as she recalled how neighbours armed with sickles and swords stormed her house and dragged her daughter out by the hair during the riots in northern India.

 

“There were six of them. They tied me to a chair and raped my young girl one by one. I could do nothing to save her,” Fatima said with tears welling up at a relief camp a few hours drive from New Delhi.

 

The family of seven was left shattered by the attack on the 17-year-old, which came during riots in and around Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district last month that killed at least 50.

 

Yet they have chosen not to report the matter to the police.

 

“If the word spreads that my daughter was gang-raped, tell me who will marry her? She will be branded as dirty and we will be thrown out of our own community,” Fatima said at the camp in Malakpur.

 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:15pm