By SITA DUTTAN in New Delhi, IndiaThe arrest of a woman accused in a brutal rape case in New Jersey last week by police in India was the first time a rape victim has been prosecuted in the country.
Indian authorities on Friday arrested the woman, identified only as Kishan, after she was booked on a rape charge, the New York-based news agency AFP reported.
The case is the first criminal case in India for a rape and murder charge in the state.
The accused, a resident of Mumbai, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Kishon Das, a mother of two from New Jersey, Reuters reported.
Police said they arrested Kishana on Monday after the woman told them she was raped by Das on a night in May.
The arrest came as India grapples with a surge in violence and a surge of gang rapes.
The country has been hit by at least three separate mass rapes since mid-July, and hundreds more cases have been reported in the last week.
India’s rape crisis, which has gripped the world, has caused concern in the United States and the European Union.
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to increase the number of police officers in the capital, London, to prevent more attacks, while the European Commission has said there are insufficient resources to tackle the problem.
On Thursday, a German judge in a separate rape case sentenced a woman to eight years in prison after she admitted to the crime.
A group of prominent Indian rights activists has called for the country to reform its laws to make it easier to prosecute rapists.
The rape case is India’s most serious criminal case against a rape survivor in decades.
It comes amid heightened pressure on India to investigate and punish rape perpetrators.