Two of India’s most prominent opposition leaders have been detained by police as they attempted to visit the family of a young woman who died after an alleged gang rape.
Siblings Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, prominent figures within the Congress party, were accosted and detained by police in the state of Uttar Pradesh as they attempted to make their way to the village of Hathras on foot, after their vehicles had been stopped by officers on the motorway.
They were later released by Uttar Pradesh police and taken back to Delhi.Protests as teenager dies two weeks after alleged gang-rape in IndiaRead more
Hathras village has become a hotbed of protest this week following the death of a 19-year-old Dalit girl from the village, who was allegedly gang-raped and violently tortured by four neighbours. She died in hospital on Tuesday morning from her injuries.
Her family have alleged that she was the victim of a caste-based attack, carried out by upper-caste men because she was a Dalit – the lowest caste.
Protests began over allegations that police did not take her case seriously because of her status, and outrage was further inflamed on Wednesday when the family alleged that the police had cremated her body at night against their wishes.