Protesters staged rallies in locations across the country and clashed with police on Wednesday, September 30, following the cremation of a gang-rape victim which was carried out against the wishes of the victim's family. Police detained at least 60 people following scuffles outside of the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan office in New Delhi whilst law enforcement charged protesters in Hathras (Uttar Pradesh). Protesters also gathered in Kolkata (West Bengal) where they burned images of Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Further protests are likely to occur and may attract an increased security presence with associated disruptions to travel and business operations.
A 19-year-old Dalit woman was attacked and raped by four men of a higher caste in the Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh on September 14 and died in hospital following the attack. The incident has sparked anger amongst the Dalit community who claim they are denied equal protection under the law. The Bhim Army Dalit rights organization has called for nationwide protest following the victim's death.
Those in India are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions, and obey all instructions issued by local authorities.
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