NHRC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance of Hathras Gang Rape Case

Suo moto cognizance in the “serious issue of violation of human rights” in Hathras Gang-Rape case is taken by the National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday. The Commission has issued notice to the UP Government, asking it file a report in the matter.

The DGP UP is directed by the Commission to look in-person into the matter and to make certain a speedy trial in Hathras Gang-Rape case. In the notice issued by the Commission, it has also directed the State Chief Secretary to make available adequate protection to the family of the victim.

The family of the victim alleged that the body of the deceased was forcibly taken away for cremation by the police personnel around midnight by 3.00 A.M on 30.09.2020. The administration pressurized for cremation at the earliest while the family wanted to take the body of the woman to her house,” the Commission noted.

The Commission reported in the media,

“A young woman belonging to SC community has been subjected to sexual harassment and brutality. It is apparent that the police was not able to take timely action to trace and save the victim girl due to which the young woman could not be saved from being subjected to grave cruelty. The way the perpetrators have acted shows that they had no fear of law in their mind. The family has suffered an irrevocable loss. A young and a precious human life has been lost.”

The Victim was recovered from the field in a critical condition and was admitted to a hospital in Aligarh for treatment. On September 28, she was shifted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, where she surrendered to her injuries the next day.

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Brief Facts

  • In this case, the 19-yr-old victim was allegedly tortured and was gang raped by four men on September 14 in UP’s Hathras district.
  •  It is also alleged that the accused cut of the tongue of the victim to make sure that she cannot be able to provide any statement to the police furthermore they frequently threatened her family for some days.
  • The family alleges that in spite of repeated pleas by them, the local police failed to register a case of gang-rape and the accused persons wandered around guiltless for 5 days.
  •  The family of the victim was not permitted to perform the last rites and the body of the victim was cremated by the police late night and the family was confined in their home, alleged the family.
  • The UP police, however, deny all these allegations made by the victim’s family.
  • The Hathras District Magistrate stated that all the accused have been booked under the SC/ST (POA) Act and compensation of rupees ten lakh is provided to the family of the victim. The Magistrate also stated that a Fast Track Court will be established to hear the case and to penalize the perpetrators.

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