“The CM & his police say no one was raped because for them, and many other Indians, she was NO ONE” tweeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday. With this tweet, he attacked the Yogi Adityanath government over the death of a 20-year-old Dalit woman from Hathras, Uttar Pradesh.
It is alleged that the incident was a gang-rape case by four men who belonged to the upper caste. Previously the state government stated that some people were trying to foment the caste tensions in the aftermath of the incident. They added by quoting a Forensic Science Laboratory report that it had denied rape charges.
However, the Congress leader in his Tweet has even brought this to question as he said that many Indians don’t consider Dalits, Muslims, and tribals to be human and it is the “shameful truth.” Along with the tweet, Gandhi also shared an article by BBC on the Hathras incident, which asked why the police were denying rape even when the woman repeatedly reported one.
The 20-year-old had succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Delhi. This then followed to a late-night cremation of the body of the woman by the police, allegedly against the family’s wishes. For this, the Adityanath government is facing severe criticism; however, officials state that the cremation was “as per the wishes of the family.”
The Centre issued a notification for the CBI to take over the probe. Taking into cognisance of the recent crimes against women in the state of Uttar Pradesh (and other states), the Ministry of Home Affairs, issued an advisory to all states and UTs directing for “time-bound” and “mandatory” police action in cases as such with compulsory registration of the FIR.
The advisory also states that there will be an inquiry against police officials who fail to adhere to the mandatory requirements in crimes against women. It says necessary action will be taken immediately against the concerned officers responsible for the lapses.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, Dalit Congress leader Shyoraj Jivan was taken to police custody after he was caught on camera trying to incite people. In a video, he admits that Congress is using the Hathras incident for furthering its politics as it has been devoid of any substantial issue for quite some time.
It is also alleged that the former minister of state in the union cabinet and national secretary in the party, had used provocative language while speaking to the victim’s family and the community with an intent to inflame caste violence.
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