Hathras gangrape and murder case: How the case has unfolded so far | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The body of the 19-year-old dalit woman, who was gang-raped in UP’s Hathras and later died on Tuesday, was cremated in the dead of the night on Wednesday with family members alleging they were forced by police to hurriedly conduct the last rites.
Protests broke out in several parts of the country with political leaders and activists voicing their indignation over the horrific incident and the manner in which the funeral was conducted near the woman’s home in Hathras.
Here is how the case has unfolded so far:
The gang rape incident
On September 14, the young woman had gone to the fields with her mother and went missing soon after. She was found later, beaten and tortured, her tongue cut as she bit it when the accused attempted to strangle her.
She was first admitted to Aligarh Muslim University’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital and then shifted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi on Monday where she died on Tuesday.
The accused, who had allegedly tried to strangle her to death as she resisted their rape attempt, have been arrested.
Plea in SC for CBI probe
A plea was moved in the Supreme Court seeking directions for handing over to the CBI or a Special Investigation Team the case of the brutal gang-rape and death of the woman.
The plea filed by a social activist Satyama Dubey sought transfer of the probe to the CBI or SIT under the sitting or retired judge of the top court or the high court.
It sought transfer of the case from UP to Delhi for trial, alleging that the state authorities had failed to take any action against accused persons who first raped an innocent woman belonging to Schedule caste community and thereafter brutally assaulted her.
CM Yogi speaks to father of woman
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath spoke to the father of the 19-year-old woman on Wednesday and assured him of stringent action against all the accused, a senior official said.
“The CM has spoken to the father of the deceased woman of Hathras. Her father … asked for harshest penalty against the accused. The CM assured him that the most stringent action shall be taken against the accused and all possible help shall be provided to the family of the deceased,” Additional chief secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said.
Midnight cremation sparks outrage
The woman was cremated in the early hours of Wednesday, with her family alleging the local police forced them to conduct the last rites in the dead of the night.
A brother of the woman told PTI: “Police have forcibly taken the body, and my father along with them for cremation. When my father reached Hathras, he was immediately taken (to the crematorium) by the police.”
Local police officers, however, said the cremation was carried out “as per the wishes of the family”, even as the incident triggered protests in Hathras with several people coming out on roads.
The manner in which the last rites of the gang-rape victim was carried out led to opposition parties hitting out at the state government.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav lashed out at the Uttar Pradesh government over the cremation of the Hathras rape victim, accusing it of “destroying evidence”.
Taking to Twitter, the former state chief minister said cremating the rape victim under the administration’s “pressure” without the “consent” of her family was against the culture.
“This act of destroying evidence is condemnable,” he tweeted.
‘A car can overturn anytime in UP’: Vijayvargiya
Calling for exercising patience, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said under the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, a “vehicle can overturn anytime”.
Answering a question on the Hathras gang-rape, Vijayvargiya told reporters, the accused in the case have been arrested. “The case will be tried in a fast-track court and I think we should all wait and have patience. All of them will go behind bars.
“Because under Yogiji, who is the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, I know that in his state a vehicle can overturn anytime.”
Take suo motu cognisance of Hathras case, DCW chief urges CJI
The Delhi Commission for Women wrote to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde to urge the Supreme Court to take suo motu cognisance of the gruesome gangrape and murder of a dalit woman.
In a letter addressed to the CJI and other Supreme Court judges, Maliwal said: “Even in her death, the Uttar Pradesh government was not moved by the pleas and tears of the victim. In gravest of grave violation of her human rights, her family was locked up in their home and her body forcibly taken to village fields at 2 am (on Wednesday) and cremated by police. No family member was allowed to cremate the body and the family could not be with their daughter in death.”
SIT constituted, report to be submitted in seven days
The UP government constituted a three-member Special Investigation Team to probe the Hathras incident.
The SIT comprises Chairman Secretary Home Bhagwan Swaroop and Chandraprakash, Deputy Inspector General of Police and Poonam, Commander in chief, Provincial Armed Constabulary.
The CMO informed that SIT will present a report in seven days.
NHRC notice to UP govt, state police chief
The NHRC has issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state’s police chief in connection with the case, officials said.
The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognisance in connection with the “gang rape and brutality of a 19-year-old women belonging to the Scheduled Caste in Hathras district”, the rights panel said in a statement.
The Commission has sent notices to the chief secretary of the state government and the Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, the officials said.
Congress, Bhim Army stage protests
Congress and Bhim Army workers held demonstrations in different parts of Uttar Pradesh over the gangrape and demanded stern punishment for the culprits.
Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu led the protesters to the chief minister’s residence in Lucknow, but they were stopped at the VVIP guest house, state media convenor of the party Lalan Kumar said.
He claimed that a number of Congress workers were injured as police used batons to stop them.
A report from Aligarh said Bhim Army workers staged a protest in Hathras and Tappal towns, alleging that the chief of the outfit, Chandrashekhar Azad, has been detained by the Uttar Pradesh police.
Priyanka Gandhi likely to visit Hathras
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is the party in charge of Uttar Pradesh, is likely to meet the family members of the woman.
According to sources, Vadra spoke to the family members of the victim and assured them that she would visit their house.
“Planning is being done, she can go anytime,” a source said.
Earlier, in a series of tweets, Vadra had hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government over the incident.
(With inputs from agencies)

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