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Muzaffarnagar tense after rape victim commits suicide

15, Jan 2016
#gendered-violence #peacemap

Mohammad Ali
Meerut, January 15, 2016
Police fear issue may take a communal turn; security in village tightened.
Muzaffarnagar is on the boil again and this time because of the alleged rape of an ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) worker and the subsequent suicide after her rapist circulated the video of the act.
The victim, a 40-year-old health worker, committed suicide last week after the “rape” video was circulated on WhatsApp allegedly by her rapist, Shahid, who is also a resident of the same village.
Tension prevailed in the village and its vicinity.
The fact that the accused is a Muslim youth has led to the incident of crime taking a communal spin.
MP visits village
BJP Member of Parliament from Muzaffarnagar Sanjeev Baliyan visited the village and told the agitating crowd that “harassment of our sisters and women won’t be tolerated.”
Though the local administration has deployed heavy security force in the village and in the vicinity, the issue can potentially become a rallying point for communal mobilisation.


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