An Indian student has been gang-raped for the second time by the same men who had violated her rights three years ago.
The 21-year old victim was kidnapped by 5 people on Wednesday in Rohtak, northern state of Haryana.
The group then proceeded to drug the woman after which their gang-raped her and dumped her in a nearby park.
She was helped by a passerby, who assisted the victim while still unconscious.
Of the five perpetrators, two are the same men who had raped her in 2013.
“I was leaving the college when I saw them. They were the same five men. I was very afraid. They forced me inside the car. They tried to strangulate me. They said they would kill my father and brother,” the woman, who is from a poor low-caste Dalit (formerly known as untouchables) family, told a television channel.
“Forced to change location”
The second-year student hails from a poor Dalit family and had been assaulted 3 years ago in Bhiwani, also in Haryana.
The rapists were arrested but the victims vacated to Rohtak after their continuously received pressure to withdraw the case.
The two were released in June this year.
Rampant Rape cases
This is one of the latest cases of rapes that have unleashed local and international outrage.
The fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 shone a light on the grim frequency of sexual assault incidents in the country and led to a toughening up of the laws and punishments surrounding rape, but attacks continue to be reported in the media on a daily basis.
According to statistics provided by the government, an Indian woman is raped after every 22 minutes.