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Who is Manisha Valmiki and why is #JusticeforManishaValmiki trending on Twitter?

Manisha Valmiki was allegedly gangraped by four upper caste men in UP’s Hathras who also tried to strangulate her which left her fighting for her life in the intensive care unit (ICU) for days.

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Manisha Valmiki was a Dalit girl who was brutally gangraped in India – she died on 29th September, 2020. The case of Manisha Valmiki was not covered by media and netizens are angry and tweeting about her.

Manisha Valmiki was from a Dalit Valmikin community and she was tortured with her tongue cut and spine broken.

Read More: Dalit teenager raped and killed by ‘upper-caste’ men in India

Manisha Valmiki’s death leads to outrage on Twitter 

Manisha Valmiki was allegedly gangraped by four upper caste men in UP’s Hathras who also tried to strangulate her which left her fighting for her life in the intensive care unit (ICU) for days. Manisha Valmiki was in the ICU, gave her statement to police on Tuesday and said she was raped by four upper caste men on 14th September when she had gone to collect fodder for animals.

#RipManishaValmiki and #JusticeforManishaValmiki are trending on social media.

“The incident is very saddening. Our government stands with the victim’s family. Investigation started immediately and four accused have been arrested. Strict action will be taken. The law will take its course,” said UP minister Siddharth Nath Singh.

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What the Indian doctors said 

Fakhrul Hoda, head of neurosurgery at the Aligarh hospital where she was being treated, told reporters that “Surgery to fix her spine could only have been done after her condition improved. The damage to the spinal cord appeared to be permanent.” manisha valmiki 

The victim, youngest of five siblings, was on life support for sometime. The girl was referred to Delhi on Monday on her father’s request. Her brother accompanied her to Delhi.

Background of the case

On September 14, the victim was dragged by the dupatta around her neck to a field when she had gone to collect cattle fodder, which injured her spinal cord. When she was held down, she apparently bit her own tongue which caused a deep cut.

As per an NDTV report, all four rapists are in jail and will be charged with murder.

Uttar Pradesh is seeing a large number of new cases of young girls being raped, and in many cases these young girls are from Dalit communities. Lakhimpur Kheri in UP, has seen many incidents of minor girls being raped or gangraped after they went outside of their village. manisha valmiki 

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