19-year-old Mumbai Woman Dies Over a Month After She Was Gang-raped on Her Birthday;
On July 7, after cutting her birthday cake, the victim's four friends allegedly overpowered and gang-raped her. In deep shock and trauma, she quietly returned home the next day without informing the Mumbai police or her family.
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Mumbai: A 19-year-old woman who was gang-raped by four of her friends after she had celebrated her birthday party in a Mumbai suburb in July, has died at a government hospital, officials said on Friday.
The victim died late Wednesday at a hospital due to multiple internal injuries.
Taking a strong note of the incident, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) has ordered the Chunabhatti Police Station to submit its detailed investigation report by Saturday, register a rape-cum-murder case and extend financial assistance to the victim's family as per laws.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will take out a procession from Chembur to Chunabhatti Police Station on Friday afternoon, to protest against the incident and the growing atrocities on women.
It was on July 7, when the victim had come to Mumbai and her four male friends insisted on celebrating her birthday at the home of one of them.
That evening, after cutting the birthday cake, the four friends allegedly overpowered and gang-raped her, and the victim, in deep shock and trauma, quietly returned home the next day without informing the Mumbai police or her family.
However, it was only in the third week of July when she complained of severe pain in her private parts that she was taken to the hospital where the matter ultimately came to light on July 30.
Meanwhile, accusing the BJP-led government in Maharashtra of being "insensitive" towards women safety, NCP MP Supriya Sule on Friday led the party's protest march here, demanding an SIT probe into the death of a woman after she was allegedly gang-raped in Chembur.
The Lok Sabha MP from Baramati, who was accompanied by NCP Mumbai chief Nawab Malik and MLC Vidya Chavan, pitched for forming a special investigation team (SIT), contending the on-going probe into the matter not being carried out "properly".
The NCP called for immediate arrests of the accused.
The protest march was taken out from the Lal Dongar area in suburban Chembur to the Chunabhatti Police Station here.
"The probe is not being conducted in a proper manner. The matter has to be investigated through the SIT. We are with the family.
"We will not relent till the victim gets justice," Sule told reporters after she met officials at the Chunabhatti Police Station.
Alleging the victim's father was being "pressurised", Sule charged the government with "muzzling voices". "The government is trying to muzzle voices. It tries to threaten all. This government is insensitive about women safety. Women are not getting justice," said Sule, the daughter of NCP president Sharad Pawar.
The Parliamentarian also said she would take the victim's brother to the Director-General of Police. The victim's mother told a Marathi news channel that the family wanted justice.
"What happened with my daughter should not happen to other girls. My daughter should get justice. We want justice," she said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chairperson of the Maharashtra Legislative Council Neelam Gorhe said she has instructed the Mumbai Police to trace the accused and ensure charge sheet in the matter is filed properly.
The case has been transferred to the Chunabhatti police station here.
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