The Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday said that a forensic report of the Hathras gangrape victim’s viscera had proved that she was not raped or gangraped.
“The post-mortem report says the victim died due to her neck injury. The Forensic Science Laboratory report hasn’t found sperm in samples. Some people twisted the matter into a gangrape to stir caste-based tension. Such people will be identified and legal action will be taken,” media quoted Prashant Kumar, a senior UP police officer.
However, many pointed out that the samples were collected days after the incident and sperms would not be present.
The autopsy report of the young woman, who died days after being gang-raped and tortured, said she was strangled, brutalised and suffered a cervical spine injury.
The ‘final diagnosis’ does not mention rape but the report refers to tears in her private parts.
The woman died of ‘injury to the cervical spine by indirect blunt trauma,’ according to the autopsy report from the Delhi hospital where the woman died.
It mentions that there was an attempt to strangle her with her dupatta but clarifies that was not what caused her death.
The girl was cremated against the family’s consent
The Dalit girl was brutally subject to gangrape by four upper-caste men. She succumbed on Tuesday in Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi. Her body was allegedly cremated in haste by the UP police while the family was not even allowed to have a last look.
The Hathras gangrape incident has created a nationwide furore, with the Opposition demanding the resignation of UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
Trial to be conducted by a fast-track court
The Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday formed a special investigation 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 gangrape case history
The 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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