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Indian Student Gang Raped by Same Men Who Attacked Her 3 Years Earlier

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An Indian student has been gang raped by the same group of men who raped her three years ago, an officer said Monday.

The Dalit low-caste girl is currently recovering in a hospital in the northern state of Haryana after being raped by five men last week.

Police have accused the five of abducting the 21-year-old student from outside her university, drugging her, and raping her in a car before leaving her unconscious in the bushes where she was found by a passerby.

The victim identified all five attackers, two of whom were involved in her rape case in 2013. Her family said the group had been threatening her, demanding she drop charges against the two men who currently await trial.

Multiple Dalit groups have staged protests over the inaction of police as no arrests have yet been made since the latest rape.

The 2012 rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student on a bus in New Delhi led to an overhaul of the country's rape laws, doubling prison sentences, as well as criminalizing stalking and trafficking of women.

But India continues to grapple with the problem of sexual abuse. Thirty-seven thousand cases of rape were reported in 2014, though activists claim the true number is higher as many rapes go unreported in India due to social stigma.