A 19-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped on September 14 and found dead in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh on Sept 30 where her body was alleged to have been secretly cremated in the night. Initially, she was taken to Aligarh’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College where she was being treated. The police who had already started investigating the case arrested Sandeep, a suspect, on Sept 19. She was taken from Aligarh to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on September 28, 2020, where she succumbed to her intense injuries and passed away in the morning of the following day.
The start of the crime dates back to September 14 when the victim’s brother, Satyendra, first filed a complaint against one of the suspects, Sandeep, roughly an hour after the incident, for strangulating his sister while she was collecting fodder in the fields with his mother, on the basis of which the police registered a First Information Report (FIR) under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 307 and ST/SC Act on the very day.
On September 22, a lady officer was sent to the victim as she had been undergoing treatments earlier. The victim named other 3 men in addition to Sandeep and clearly stated that she was gang raped. Immediately, IPC section 376 D (charges for gang-rape) was included in the original FIR. The three accused named by the victim, Luvkush, Ravi and Ramu were arrested on September 23, 25 & 26 respectively. They were sent to jail and the case is said to be approached by a fast-track Court.
After the victim succumbed to her injuries, IPC Section 302 (punishment for murder) was also invoked. A compensation of Rs. 10 Lakh has been signed to the family of the victim. When the victim was found on Sept 14 in the fields, her body was shamelessly left naked and there had been blood flowing out of her mouth. The assumptions had been that the victim’s tongue had been cut off by the criminals which stirred a cyclone on social media.
The police, now addressing the news going around on social media, said, “The girl’s tongue was not cut off by the perpetrators. When she was strangulated, her tongue came between her teeth and that’s how it got injured.”
IG Piyush Mordiya, in a byte, said that the girl was not even raped as per the forensic reports but because the doctors suggested a rerun on the test results, the reports were sent to forensic science lab in Agra for further examination. The results of the same are to be expected soon.
The victim’s body that had been sent back to Hathras after the post-mortem to give her a proper cremation was burnt in the dead of the night, in the presence of her family members and the local police. The family of the victim accepts to have been forced by the local police to cremate the dead body as soon as possible. The family was reportedly not even spared one glance at the body before the police cremated it.
”We were working in the fields when they dragged her away. I was cutting grass and she had moved away to collect it. When I turned to look, I couldn’t find her. I shouted and hunted for her and spotted one of her slippers. There were drag marks near it. I followed them to find my daughter lying naked with blood coming out of her mouth; she wasn’t being able to talk, her tongue had been slashed.” the victim’s mother said, reported NDTV.
The mother also revealed that the family was lathi-charged when they refused to let the local police cremate the victim’s body. “We had to even lock ourselves in our house because the police were chasing us to beat us and take us away. We got scared.” She said.
The woman was accused of lying about the crime and now the police have supposed forensic reports to back that allegation. The sister-in-law of the victim has questioned police and administration on the cause for not shifting the victim to a better medical facility. “Why was she kept in a general ward for seven days?” asked Victim’s sister-in-law. It has been alleged that the victim was purposely not shifted to a bigger and better equipped medical facility despite the seriousness of her injuries. The police, in their defence, have said that the victim herself refused to be shifted elsewhere. The whole police department and Yogi Adityanath administered system are in question right now as the incident has attracted widespread criticism and protest.