Nationwide demonstrations are scheduled to take place throughout urban centers of India on Monday, October 26, and Thursday, October 29. The demonstrations have been organized by the opposition Indian National Congress (INC) as well as several women's rights groups. The protests are being held over a fatal sexual assault case in September in Hathras (Uttar Pradesh state). No further details of the event have yet been announced.
Further related demonstrations are expected in the near term. A heightened security presence and localized travel disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the demonstrations.
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 demonstrations and political gatherings as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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