A 22-year-old Dalit woman was reportedly drugged and gangraped in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur on Tuesday. The woman was on her way back home from college where she had gone to pay her fee. The incident comes close to heels of widely covered gangrape and murder of a 19-year-old Dalit woman at hands of four upper-caste men. Here are ten things you should know about the Balrampur gangrape case.

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  1. The 22-year-old Dalit woman was a second-year BCom student and used to work in a private firm. She had gone to pay the fees of her college and was reportedly abducted on her way back. The incident happened in Gaisari area of Balrampur district, Uttar Pradesh.
  2. The woman died while being taken to a hospital in Lucknow. She was cremated on Wednesday night itself after post-mortem by a panel of four doctors.
  3. She returned home around 7 pm in a dazed condition. Her assailants had allegedly put her on an e-rickshaw and sent her home.
  4. After her return, the woman complained of excruciating pain in her stomach. Reportedly, she was injected with a sedative due to which she lost consciousness and then raped by the two accused.
  5. The family claims that the accused broke her legs and back. Post-mortem reports, however, say that her hands and legs weren’t broken.
  6. The 22-year-old had marks on her hand for from the injection. Her hands had a glucose drip sticking out, senior police officer Dev Ranjan Verma said.
  7. The family had named two persons, namely Shahid and Sahil of the crime.
  8. According to police reports, the woman was raped in the back room of a grocery store. The woman’s sandals were found outside the room. Allegedly, the owner of the shop (Shahid) planned the crime.
  9. The police have taken swift action and the two accused, including a minor, have been arrested. “We ensure swift action,” Verma said.
  10. In a video tweeted by the Balrampur police, the District Magistrate, the top police officer of the district and local leaders are seen meeting with the family of the woman and handing over Rs 6.18 lakh as ‘compensation’.

Shikha Chandra is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.

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