A 20-year-old woman in Subalpur, West Bengal, has been hospitalized after surviving a vicious gang rape ordered by the local village council.
The council members allegedly ordered the attack because the woman had started a relationship with someone who was of a different religion and lived in a different village. She was ordered to pay a $400 fine, but when her family could not afford the fee, the council members ordered her to be raped by multiple men.
Thirteen men have since been arrested (for a 14-day period) in connection with the rape. However, many citizens of India are expressing their anger and have said this is just another example of safety and women’s rights issues in India. They believe their country devalues women and allows for men to have cultural, social, and religious superiority.
This incident comes just one month after the one-year anniversary of a teenage girl in New Delhi who was brutally raped twice, hounded at her home, and then later was killed after being set on fire at her new residence .