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Nayantara N | The News Minute | December 9th, 2014 | 16.38 pm IST They don’t know her name, they are not sure where she came from, but a group of women from Sulibelle in Karnataka’s Hosakote taluk have come together to protect another woman. Women in the village decided to intervene after they suspected that a 40-year-old speech impaired woman was allegedly being raped and physically assaulted by several men, that too for almost four years. Her brutal ordeal went unnoticed for several months as the woman is speech impaired and has no family in the village. “She lived in a hut a little afar from the village, so initially we did not know that she was being assaulted. Then we started suspecting that something was wrong. We demolished her hut, rescued her and built her a hut near the other settlements and provided her food and water regularly. But that did not stop the men from assaulting her, repeatedly,” says Umesh, a resident of the village. The villagers have no information of her name, her family or where she lived in the past. Despite receiving protection from the women, drunken men continued to rape her so much so that, women found her covered in blood when they visited her. The incident occurred in Hosakote taluk and came to light when villagers approached the district President of Kannada Sahitya Parishad, H K Nataraj over her condition. Situation worsened when the women found high school boys also physically assaulting her, said Nataraj. “The woman has lost of lot of blood and she is trying to say that she does not want to survive anymore,” he said. “The woman was extremely disturbed and showed signs of weakness. She has been sent to a rehabilitation centre for her recuperation,” clinical psychologist Padmakshi who was treating her told The News Minute. The Sulibele police station has no information of this incident and the villagers have not approached them either as nobody is willing to take her responsibility, said Nataraj.

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