UP police forcibly cremate Hathras rape victim at night; Priyanka demands Yogi’s resignation
Family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died in a Delhi hospital a fortnight after she was gang-raped, alleged that police were forcibly trying to get her body cremated in the middle of the night
The family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died in a Delhi hospital a fortnight after she was gang-raped, alleged on Wednesday that the police were forcibly trying to get her body cremated in the middle of the night.
Local police officers, however, said that the cremation was being carried out ìas per the wishes of the family.
The woman was raped in a village in Hathras by four men on September 14. After her condition deteriorated, she was referred to Delhi's Safdarjung hospital where she breathed her last on Tuesday.
As news of her death spread, protests broke out in Delhi as well as in Hathras with all sections of society, including politicians, sports and cine stars and activists, expressing their anguish and demanding justice for her.
The family left from Safdarjung hospital in Delhi on Tuesday night amid heavy police deployment. The body was taken by the Uttar Pradesh police, which reached Hathras earlier than the family members, claimed a kin of the victim.
The police have forcibly taken the dead body, and my father along with them for cremation. When my father reached Hathras, he was immediately taken (to the crematorium) by the police, brother of the woman said over phone at 1 AM on Wednesday.
Humein ye samajh nahi aa raha kyun, kya chahiye... kaisi rajneeti kar rahe hain ye log, saare ulte seedhe bayaan de rahe hain ke ladki ka rape nahi hua hai... pata nahi kya chahiye inko (We are unable to understand, what they want... what kind of politics is this, they are giving random statements like the woman has not been raped! We don't know what they want), said the relative who was home with the grieving family.
Ye sab is maamle ko thanda karne ke liye bol rahe hain... (They are doing all this to hush up the case), he alleged.
No, they did it on their own. We're scared. Police forced us to take the body to cremation ground. We'd said we'll do it in morning, said Brother of Hathras gangrape victim when asked if family had given consent for funeral.
“We demand from state government that this matter be investigated and the culprits be hanged. We also want security. Administration is putting us under a lot of pressure. We don't trust the local Police, there should be judicial investigation.”
When contacted, Hathras Superintendent of Police Vikrant Vir said in a text message: All procedures as per wish of family.
Slamming the Yogi govt over the incident, Priyanka Gandhi demanded CM’s resignation, “I was on the phone with the Hathras victim’s father when he was informed that his daughter had passed away. I heard him cry out in despair. He had just been telling me that all he wanted was justice for his child,” wrote Priyanka wrote in a series of tweets.
Last night he was robbed of the chance to take his daughter home for the last time and perform her last rites. Yogi Adityanath RESIGN Instead of protecting the victim and her family, your government became complicit in depriving her of every single human right, even in death. You have no moral right to continue as Chief Minister.” tweeted Priyanka.
A daughter of India is raped, facts are suppressed, and in the end the right to funeral is also taken away from her family. It is abusive and unjust, tweeted Rahul Gandhi
Another relative said that the woman's father was accompanied by 30 to 40 people, chiefly relatives, and others from their neighbourhood had gone to the crematorium near Bool Garhi village, under Chandpa police station limits, in the district in western UP.
Senior police and administration officials were also present at the crematorium in the middle of the night, an official said.
Published: 30 Sep 2020, 8:17 AM