Hathras Case Proceedings:
October 11, 2020 | New Delhi: The Hathras victim’s family will appear before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court tomorrow to give their statements on the “forced cremation” of the 19-year-old girl who was allegedly gang raped and died two weeks later.
The Lucknow Bench has taken suo motu cognizance of the incident.
“The administration has promised full security when we travel to Lucknow on Monday,” he added.
The high court had asked the Hathras district judge to ensure family members of the deceased can appear to record their version of what had happened.
State and district authorities were also asked to extend all help and security the family needed.
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“We are inclined to examine as to whether there has been gross violation of the fundamental rights of the deceased and the family members of the victim,” the court had said on October 1, a day after the victim had been cremated at 2.40am in her village without the presence or consent of any family member.
The court has also asked media houses to share content on the basis of which the incident had been reported.
The state of Uttar Pradesh, through additional chief secretary (home), DGP, ADG (law and order), and Hathras district magistrate and superintendent were named respondents.
The girl’s brother, meanwhile, has said the family will not immerse the ashes just yet.
A senior police official in Lucknow said that the family would be kept away from the “aggressive presence” of the media.
“They have already been harassed enough (by the media) in Hathras and we want them to be allowed to give their statements before the court without any more hassles,” the official said.
CBI takes over Hathras gang-rape case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had registered a case and taken over the investigation of the Hathras gang rape-murder of a 19-year-old Dalit girl.
This happened days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recommended a CBI probe into the alleged gang-rape and killing of the 19-year-old Dalit girl .
The officials had said after taking over the probe, CBI sleuths, along with the forensic team, will visit the crime scene.
The CBI registered the case on a complaint of the victim’s brother who alleged that an accused had tried to strangulate her sister in a millet field on September 14.
The case was earlier probed by the Uttar Pradesh police.
The agency took over the case following a request by the Uttar Pradesh government and further notification from the central government.
The CBI said it has constituted a special team to probe the case, which led to the widespread criticism of the UP government after the victim was hurriedly cremated by Hathras police on September 30.
The woman died at a Delhi hospital on September 29, a fortnight after she was allegedly raped at her village by four upper-caste men.