Hasty Cremation, Varying Accounts: Red Flags in Hathras Rape Case
The Big StoryOctober 02, 2020
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Hasty Cremation, Varying Accounts: Red Flags in Hathras Rape Case

Were there lapses by the Uttar Pradesh administration in handling of the alleged gangrape case of a Dalit teen in Hathras district? Was it a mere coincidence that the victim's body was cremated in haste with full police force, allegedly without her family's consent?

As protests mount against the state police and the state government's delinquent attitude over the alleged rape, and subsequent death, of a 19-year-old, the investigation so far has raised several red flags.

Even as the hurried late-night cremation of the Dalit victim triggered a big controversy, the Additional director general (ADG) of UP police, Prashant Kumar, has said that forensic examination show the woman was not raped. In an official statement he said, "The samples did not have sperm and thus makes it clear that no rape or gang rape took place with the girl," and that it suggest that "some people twisted the matter to stir a caste-based tension".

But that doesn't answer all the questions. Does no sperm rule out rape?
The ADG's statement based on the forensic report also seems to be in direct contrast to the victim's declaration that was recorded before the magistrate on September 22, where she named all the four men and alleged rape.

Should this not be treated as an important piece of evidence? Tune in to The Big Story!


Hathras Rape: Why Does The Justice System Act Differently For Dalits?

Producer and Host: Shorbori Purkayastha
Dr NC Asthana, Retired IPS Officer, Ex-DGP Kerala, Ex- ADG of CRPF and BSF
Asmita Nandy, Reporter, The Quint
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