THE family members of a 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died after allegedly being raped by four men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district, will appear before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court amid tight security on Monday. The court on October 1 had asked the woman’s parents to come to apprise it of their versions of the incident and had also ordered the Hathras district administration to arrange for their travel to the court and facilitate their appearance before it.
“The District Judge, who has been appointed the nodal officer for the appearance of the Hathras victim’s family members before the High Court, is in touch with it as to when the case is listed. The family will move accordingly. The family is in Hathras as of now,” Superintendent of Police (SP) Vineet Jaiswal told PTI on Sunday morning. Police did not divulge details of their security plan on the movement of the woman’s family members. Sixty security personnel have been deployed and eight close circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at the house of the alleged gangrape victim in her village here to ensure the safety of her family members, according to police. Deputy Inspector General of Police Shalabh Mathur, who has been sent to Hathras from Lucknow as a nodal officer, had said on Friday that if needed a control room would also be established. With the help of CCTV cameras, the house of the victim is being monitored round-the-clock, police said.
The Hathras SP said a register of visitors is being maintained by policemen deployed at the entrance of the house. “Shocked” by the alleged gangrape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman and her forcible cremation subsequently, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on October 1 had summoned top Government officials to the court. A division bench of Justice Rajan Roy and Justice Jaspreet Singh had ordered the Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary, State Police Chief and an Additional Director General of Police to appear before it on October 12 to explain the incident. Taking suo motu cognisance of the case, which has triggered widespread outrage, the bench also ordered Hathras District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police to appear with to apprise the court of various aspects of the case, including the ongoing probe into it.
“The incidents which took place after the death of the victim on September 29, 2020 leading up to her cremation, as alleged, have shocked our conscience. Therefore, we are taking suo moto cognisance of the same,” the bench had said in its order.
CBI files FIR in Hathras case
Oct 11 (PTI)
THE CBI registered an FIR early on Sunday morning and took over investigation into the alleged gangrape and murder of a Dalit woman last month in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh, officials said. The central probe agency registered the FIR under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections related to gangrape and murder among others, and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. It assigned the case to its Ghaziabad unit with a special team to investigate the ghastly crime, they said. The political slugfest was further perpetuated after the State police’s statement that it had not found any evidence of rape.
Faced with public anger and the Opposition’s protests over the Dalit teenager’s alleged rape and murder by upper caste men, the State Government had finally decided to hand over the case to the CBI which was referred to the probe agency by a Central Government notification on Saturday. The officer concerned of the Uttar Pradesh police had registered a case of attempt to murder on a statement by the victim’s brother who, as per the FIR at Chandpa police station, had said the accused had tried to strangulate his sister in a millet field and escaped when she raised an alarm.
The notification issued by the Centre on the request of the State Government had asked the CBI to probe rape, murder and atrocity and “any attempt, abetment and/or conspiracy, in relation to or in connection with such offence(s) and/or for any other offence committed in the course of the same transaction or arising out of the same facts”. “The complainant had alleged that on September 14, 2020 the accused tried to strangulate his sister in the millet field. The case has been registered by CBI on the request of Uttar Pradesh Government and further notification from Government of India,” CBI Spokesperson RK Gaur said.