CONGRESS leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday evening met the family of the Hathras victim, declaring they will fight for justice to the Dalit woman who died after being allegedly gangraped. “We will fight against injustice, and fight till justice is done,” Priyanka Gandhi told reporters after the meeting that lasted about 45 minutes. Rahul Gandhi said no power can stifle the voice of the family. Uttar Pradesh authorities had scuttled an earlier attempt by the two leaders to travel to Hathras, detaining them and several party workers in Greater Noida outside Delhi on Thursday.
On Saturday, the Congress staged another demonstration at the Delhi-Noida border, where Congress workers scuffled with police and were allegedly lathi-charged. When a delegation of Congress MPs and other leaders reached the barricades, the Noida police said they will allow only five party representatives to meet the family at their village in Hathras, about 150 km away. The 19-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped on September 14 in an assault by four men that left her critically injured. She died at a Delhi hospital last Tuesday. Villagers gathered outside as the Congress leaders entered the family’s home. Some were seen on the rooftops nearby, waiting to catch a glimpse of the Congress leaders. UP Congress leaders Pradeep Mathur told PTI that K C Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Mukul Wasnik accompanied the Gandhis on the visit. There was heavy security presence outside the family home.
UP Additional Chief Secy, DGP meet Hathras victim’s family: UTTAR Pradesh Director General of Police Hitesh Chandra Awasthi and Additional Chief Secretary Home Avnish Awasthi on Saturday met the family members of the victim of the alleged gang rape in Hathras. The family have been given full assurance of justice by both top officials. They spoke to nine people including the victim’s father, mother, brothers and sisters. The Additional Chief Secretary along with DGP assured the victim’s family of justice. When the deceased’s father folded his hands in front of them, DGP Awasthi placed a hand on his shoulder and after this the two officials also held long talks with the father and brothers of the deceased. Don’t do politics on Dalit atrocities: Ramdas Athawale on Hathras case: UNION Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale on Saturday said there should not be any politics in the name of atrocities on Dalits which he claimed to have been going on during successive Governments in Uttar Pradesh. “What has happened in Hathras is most terrible.
The incident of rape on a Dalit girl is a very serious issue,” he said. Athawale, who said he will be meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, stated, “On the Hathras case, I have to say that there should not be politics in the name of atrocities on Dalits. It is not right to propagate about atrocities on Dalits during Yogi Government.” “It is right that atrocities are taking place but it had been so during the Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati and Akhilesh (Yadav) Governments also,” he added.