The brutal gang-rape in Hathras of a Dalit woman by 4 upper caste men sent shockwaves across UP and India.
Hathras: After 2 months of investigation the CBI has accused all 4 charged with the rape and murder of a 19 year old dalit woman in the Hathras village of UP.
The men have been charged under sections 354, 376 A, 376 D and 302 of IPC and SC ST Act. The death of the woman occured at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
The incident took place on September 14 in the village of Hathras. The woman suffered serious injuries at the hands of the 4 men. She was transferred to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi where she passed away while under treatment.
Hathras accused charged by the CBI
The news was a national shock, not only due to the incident itself but the aftermath of it. The woman’s body was taken to Hathras, where she was cremated late into the night, with the police pushing away spectators. The family of the victim alleged that the police had forced them to go ahead with the rituals.
Many jounalists who went to cover the issue also faced strict action. Most notably, Malayali journalist Siddique Kappan who was allowed a visit by his lawyer, 46 days after his arrest.
UP CM Yogi Adityanth said that the incident was a ploy by the opposition to spark class and caste conflict in the state. He noticed how a similarly brutal rape case in Rajasthan, developing during the same time was not getting media attention. The police was infamously quoted saying “there was no rape” in the village. Shortly after the case was transferred to the CBI.
Many opposition leaders including Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi of the Congress and Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar Azad made a visit to the victim’s family to pay their respects. Rahul and Priyanka were detained on their way by the UP police
The village of Hathras is still heavily restricted to journalists or the general public
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