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India: Will sexual violence against Dalits ever end? | Asia | An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW


Last week, two Dalit sisters — aged 15 and 17 — were found hanging from a tree in northern Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Lakhimpur Kheri district. They had been raped and strangled, according to postmortem reports.

Police arrested six men accused of gang-raping and murdering the girls. A local police chief said the sisters had been lured into a field where they were assaulted and strangled to death with their scarves.

The gruesome attack was yet another blot on the widespread sexual violence faced by India’s community of nearly 80 million-strong Dalit women  traditionally positioned on the bottom rung of a centuries-old caste system.

Sexual violence ‘normalized’

Last week’s disturbing incident evoked memories of a similar incident when two girls — both minors, cousins and from the…



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