‘Another Nirbhaya died this morning’: Swara Bhasker condemns Hathras gang-rape victim’s death
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A 19-year-old Dalit woman, who was gang-raped and left paralysed by four men, died a fortnight after the attack in a Delhi hospital on Tuesday.

"Hathras gang-rape victim was admitted at Safdarjung hospital for better healthcare facilities. She died today morning," a Safdarjung hospital official said.

Condemning the horrifying act, Bollywood actress Swara Bhasker wrote on Twitter, “Hathras’ abusive, heart-wrenching gang rape victim ... Another Nirbhaya died this morning ... There is no end to our humanity. We have become a sick inhuman society. Embarrassing. Sad.”

On September 14, the victim was dragged by the dupatta around her neck to a field when she had gone to collect cattle fodder, which injured her spinal cord.

The accused had also tried to strangulate her to death as she resisted their attempt and, in the process, she had also ended up biting her tongue and suffering a severe cut on it.

Fakhrul Hoda, head of neurosurgery at AMU's Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, where she was being treated, told reporters that "Surgery to fix her spine could only have been done after her condition improved. The damage to the spinal cord appeared to be permanent."

The victim, youngest of five siblings, was on life support for some time. The girl was referred to Delhi on Monday on her father's request.

She was shifted to the Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital on Monday evening after her condition deteriorated. Her brother accompanied her to Delhi.

A week after she was hospitalised, the girl told the police that she had been raped by four men whom she also named.

All four accused she named -- Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush and Ravi -- were arrested for gang rape, attempt to murder and under sections of the SC/ST Act.

Her father had told reporters on Sunday that the families of the four accused have been threatening them for speaking out. The girl had also told her family that the four men had threatened her with dire consequences if she informed anyone about the incident.

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