19-Year-Old Rape Survivor Kills Herself After Being Forced By Indian Town Council To Marry Her Rapist
A rape survivor in Haryana, India has killed herself seven months after she was forced to marry her alleged rapist.
According to Times of India, the unnamed 19-year-old was reportedly put through months of mental and physical torture by her in-laws before taking her own life on Tuesday.
The victim's mother claimed her daughter was even hanged after her death, and that the in-laws were harassing her to pay their legal fees from the initial rape trial.
Jagadhri City Police official Sunil Kumar told press:
"She was subjected to physical and mental torture. They had an altercation on Monday as well."
The alleged rapist, named only as Anuj, was arrested in October 2015 but offered to marry the rape survivor, then a minor, as part of a deal brokered by a panchayat — a local self-government organization used in small villages.
Per the council's orders, the couple got married in March. In July, the girl testified in Anuj's favor, which cleared him of all rape charges.
What a horrible legal practice for allowing something like this to happen! Our hearts go out to the victim's family at this tragic time.
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