Teen Dead: Alleged Rapist Accused of Assaulting Her Again
Second such case in India this month
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2016 5:37 AM CDT
The mother, center, of the victim of the fatal 2012 gang rape that shook India, arrives to lend her support at a protest in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015.   (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

(Newser) – Cops in India said a woman who was abducted and raped earlier this month in Bhiwani was likely the victim of the same five men who gang-raped her three years ago and were out on bail. Now, echos of that case in another: CNN reports a 14-year-old Delhi girl has died after allegedly being kidnapped, raped, and abused by the man suspected of raping her in December. That man, said to live in the girl's neighborhood, was out on bail when the alleged abduction occurred on May 15—one day prior to a hearing on his case. (Some reports say the alleged rapist kidnapped her; others say it was his maternal aunt.) NDTV reports she was raped repeatedly, with Chair of the Delhi Commission for Women Swati Maliwal saying the teen was "fed a corrosive substance which completely destroyed her internal organs and she died a very painful death."

NDTV reports the girl made a deathbed statement that described what she allegedly endured: beatings, rapes "several times a day," a lack of food, and the forced consumption of acid in juice. The girl's mother says, "We looked for her for 12 days. When my child came back home, she had bruises all over. Her mouth, chest and limbs had been blackened." CNN and NDTV report she was hospitalized in June and on life support for a month. CNN cites police as saying the man was arrested following the girl's death. On Twitter, Maliwal accused India of failing another "Nirbhaya"—a reference to Jyoti Singh, who died after an infamous 2012 gang rape. As in the case earlier this month, the teen was a Dalit, considered the lowest, "untouchable" caste—and a particularly vulnerable one; read more about why.