In 10 Days, Two Teenage Girls Raped, Murdered in this UP District. We Need More than Just Saying, “Beti Bachao…”

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In 10 Days, Two Teenage Girls Raped, Murdered in this UP District. We Need More than Just Saying, “Beti Bachao…”

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

The epidemic of rape continues in Uttar Pradesh. Days after the rape and murder of a 10-year-old shook Lakhimpur Kheri, a mutilated body of yet another minor, who was also raped, was found near a village in the district on Tuesday.

A 17-year-old girl left her home to fill a scholarship form. Her body was found a day later near a dried-up pond 200 metres from her village. A post-mortem confirmed the rape.

“We are making all possible efforts to identify and arrest the accused. We hope to have a breakthrough soon,” Satendar Kumar, Kheri’s police chief, said, according to NDTV.

The girl’s father said that her body was slit with a sharp weapon and part of her leg was eaten away by animals, The Indian Express reported. “We want justice, her father said. “She was so courageous that it never occurred to me to accompany her. If only I had gone with her, she would have been saved…,” he told the newspaper.

This is the second rape and murder of a teenage Dalit girl in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri in the past 10 days. On August 15, a 13-year-old’s body was found in a sugarcane field. She was raped and then strangulated.

The victim’s father has alleged that the murder was brutal. Her eyes were gouged and her tongue cut off. Two men from the village have been arrested in the case.

While India is a dangerous country for women, the Hindi heartland continues to remain the most unsafe. Uttar Pradesh is ranked the worst for women’s safety by the National Crime Records Bureau.

Every other day, we wake up to stories of horrific crimes committed against women. To make India safer for its daughters, we need a lot more than just a catchy “Beti Bachao” slogan.

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