Serial rapist hacked to death by 200 women with knives in courthouse attack

A sardonic retelling of how a serial killer was stabbed to death by 200 women outside a Indian court house has struck a chord with youngsters across the world.

A TikTok video explaining how Akku Yadav met his "very satisfying end" in 2004 has been watched more than two million times.

Many of the viewers would have been too young to remember his case in a country where one woman reported a rape every 15 minutes in 2018.

The true figure is believed to be much worse as the official statistics don't include rapes followed by murders as well as the countless cases that go unreported.

But against a chilling background of images reflecting the story, Indian-American video producer Swasti Shukla Buick's deadpan delivery appears to have engaged TikTok's young users.

Introducing her clip with: "Let's talk about a South East Asian serial killer who met a very satisfying end", she said: "Although being a rape victim is taboo in India, many of Yadav’s victims reported his crimes. Instead of arresting him however, women were turned away by the police being told ‘you’re a loose woman, that’s why he raped you.’

"One woman told the police she was gang-raped and the police responded by gang-raping her themselves. As long as Yadav targeted the poor, the police wouldn’t interfere."

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"Arrest us all," women fumed at police after 200 lynched the man they said had raped them with impunity for more than a decade in Kasturba Nagar.

In 2004 they descended on to Nagpur district court's white shiny marble floor armed with knives, stones and chilli powder.

They sliced off his penis with a vegetable knife and continued to stab Yadav's lifeless body after his death 15 minutes into the August 13 attack.

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The gangster had committed at least three murders, tortured and kidnapped people, and raped more than 40 women and girls over 13 years.

He was killed moments after spotting one of the women he had raped and calling her a prostitute before his hearing.

Police laughed as Yadav threatened to repeat the crime against her and she took off her sandal and began to hit him, shouting, "We can't both live on this Earth together. It's you or me" – sparking the lynching.

Yadav had bribed officers with drinks to get away with robbing homes using rape as a weapon. Many of his victims were from the lowest rung of India's race-based caste-system.

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The police reaction saw every woman in the slum claim responsibility for his death, telling officers: "Arrest us all."

One of the women who was accused of stabbing him, Usha Narayane said: "After the murder, society's eyes opened: the police's failings came to light. That has irritated them. The police see me as a catalyst for the exposure and want to nip it in the bud."

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