After surviving two separate gang rapes on consecutive days in October, an Indian teenager died from being set on fire, sparking protests in the eastern city of Kolkata and the capital, police said Thursday. The 16-year-old, who died Tuesday night, was first assaulted on Oct. 26 and then again the next day by a group of more than six men near her family’s home in the town of Madhyagram, 15 miles north of Kolkata. The second rape occurred as she was returning home after reporting the first attack at a police station. She was then set on fire on Dec. 23 and died in a state-run hospital late on New Year’s Eve, police said.
What vileness. And police indifference is a contributing factor.