India teenager gang-raped, shot, dumped in well
An Indian teenager held captive for a couple of weeks by a gang of guys said in an interview broadcast Sunday that she was repeatedly raped before being shot twice and dumped in a well on the outskirts of New Delhi.
While walking in the latest instance of sexual violence in the Indian capital, to a market in western Delhi the casualty, reportedly aged 14, was allegedly abducted on November 22.
“After a fortnight of continued maltreatment, one night they said they’ll let me go. They put me in the vehicle and drove to a store to buy booze and then parked the car near a well,” the girl said in the interview.
“They told me they will let me go but as I took a few steps back, they fired two shots. The first bullet hit my bone. I did not feel a thing, my body just went numb. But after the second one I fainted.”
She awakened shivering and wet within the well where she said she was left for dead.
“When I recovered consciousness… I could see a bullet in my chest, so I just yanked it out,” she said, showing a wound on her torso.
Several men are detained over the attack, according to local media reports.
“I desire the rapists to be hanged. No one should go through what I did,” she said.
The deadly gang rape of a student on a bus in Delhi in 2012 shone a global spotlight on frightening rates of violence against women.
High numbers of assaults persist, although it also led to important reform of India’s rape laws including speeding up of trials and raising penalties for offenders.