- Four men from the upper caste community were charged by the CBI
- The 20-year-old woman was allegedly raped and tortured on September 14th
- The UP police’s handling of the case sparked angry protests across the country
A senior BJP leader in Uttar Pradesh has indicated that UP police were improperly doing their job handling the rape and murder case of a 20-year-old woman in Hathras district days after the CBI indicted the four defendants Crime.
According to the CBI indictment, the 20-year-old Dalit woman was raped on September 14 by four men from the so-called upper caste community in Hathras. She later died in a Delhi hospital from her injuries. The victim was hastily cremated near her home in the middle of the night on September 30, an incident that sparked outrage across the country.
“The UP government has always stood by the family,” UP Minister of State for Labor Sunil Bharala told NDTV. “Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath had decided that the CBI should take over the case. Nor did he trust the police to do their job well. It is not that all police officers are good. Saare policemen doodh ke dhule huye nahin hai… from day one Yogi Adityanath ji was with the family, “said Mr. Bharala.
The four accused of alleged rape and torture of the young Dalit woman were charged with rape and murder by the CBI last week. The CBI has also brought charges against the defendant under the SC / ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The investigating body filed their charges in a court in Hathras, some 200 km from Delhi.
The handling of the case by the Uttar Pradesh police – particularly the nightly cremation of the victim, allegedly without the consent of the family – sparked angry protests across the country. However, officials said the cremation was carried out “according to the family’s wishes.”
In October the Supreme Court said the Allahabad Supreme Court would oversee the investigation carried out by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The main accused had written to the Uttar Pradesh police from prison, claiming that he and the three other accused were involved in the case and that “justice” was sought for the four men. He also accused the woman’s mother and brother of torturing her. The woman’s family has denied these allegations.
Early last week, the CBI sought more time to complete its investigation, after which the Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow Bank set the case to be the next hearing on Wednesday January 27th.