Following the controversy that erupted due to the manner in which the Hathras rape victim’s body was cremated by police without letting the family and relatives have a last look, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and sought strict punishment against the perpetrators of the crime.
Meanwhile, the Opposition has criticised the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state after the family alleged of forcible cremation of the 19-year-old girl. However, the police in its defense said the cremation was done as per the wishes of the family.
The family and relatives claim that the cremation of the body in the dead of the night was done to hush up the case.
The gang-rape victim died yesterday in a Delhi hospital on Tuesday (September 29). Following her death, a massive protest erupted outside the hospital.
Priyanka Gandhi seeks CM’s resignation
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi sought the resignation of CM Yogi Adityanath. She wrote a series of tweets on the issue. She said: “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. Last night he was robbed of the chance to take his daughter home for the last time and perform her last rites.”
In another tweet, she tagged the UP CM and sought his resignation. She said: “@myogiadityanath 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.”
Trial to be conducted by a fast-track court
Yogi Adityanath said that those responsible for the heinous act will not be spared. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has formed a special investigative team that will probe the incident and submit its report within seven days.
The government has also clarified that the trial in the case will be carried out by a fast-track court.
Hathras gang-rape case history
The 19-year-old woman was attacked on September 14 at Hathras village. She told the cops that she was dragged by her dupatta into the fields where she had been cutting grass.
The family later found her in the fields, naked and bleeding, with injuries on her neck and back.
She suffered multiple fractures, paralysis and a deep gash in her tongue in the assault. The injuries to her neck left her paralysed and struggling to breathe, media reports said.
Her family has alleged that the police did not help them initially and only reacted after public outrage over the incident.
UP police denied that her tongue was cut off and said she bit her tongue when her attackers were trying to strangle her.
News of her death led to protests outside the hospital with the Bhim Army of Chandrashekhar Azad blocking roads for 10-15 minutes and protesters chanting ‘hang the rapists’. There has been an outpouring of grief and anger from politicians, celebrities and others.
The UP police initially registered an attempt to murder case but added rape charges only after the woman’s formal statement. They have denied the family’s allegation of slow response.
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