The Centre on Saturday issued a notification that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will take over the investigation into the alleged gang-rape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s (UP) Hathras. The agency probe teams will be dispatched to the crime scene along with forensic experts immediately after the registration of an FIR, officials said to the media.
UP Chief Minister (CM) Adityanath had recommended CBI probe in the case on October 3, after it faced intense criticism from the Opposition over its handling of the case, including her hurried cremation without the family’s presence. The Opposition parties also called for the CM’s resignation even as some critical voices within the BJP have come to fore.
On September 14, the woman was allegedly raped by four upper caste men and was referred to Safdarjung Hospital in an extremely critical condition. She died two weeks later on September 29. She had suffered multiple fractures and other serious injuries, and was left paralysed. The four men have been arrested.
The case has triggered shock and anger across the country. Despite initial medical reports pointing to sexual assault, the UP government has repeatedly denied a rape had taken place at all.
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