The death of a 13-year-old girl who was gang-raped and set on fire in central India has fueled new outrage over the frequency of sexual assault in India, and the difficulty victims have in bringing their attackers to justice.
"I don't go out after dark," said Natasha Shah, a 26-year-old writer from New Delhi. "You don't feel so great going to a club, you don't really enjoy it and your parents will be calling you all night to check you're safe."
The attack took place Tuesday night in Orai, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The victim was returning from a trip to a local farm with her older sister when was raped by three young men, according to the Times of India. Villagers identified one of the assailants as a "local goon," the newspaper says.
They set her on fire after she threatened to report them, the newspaper reports. She suffered burns over 80% of her body and died in a hospital.