2020 Hathras gang rape and murder
19-year-old Dalit woman was gang-raped in Hathras district, Uttar Pradesh. After fighting for her life for two weeks, she died in a Delhi hospital. Victim’s brother claimed that no arrests were made in the first 10 days. After her death, the victim was forcibly cremated by the police.
About 2020 Hathras gang rape and murder in brief
A 19-year-old Dalit woman was gang-raped in Hathras district, Uttar Pradesh, India, allegedly by four upper caste men. After fighting for her life for two weeks, she died in a Delhi hospital. The victim’s brother claimed that no arrests were made in the first 10 days after the incident took place. After her death, the victim was forcibly cremated by the police without the consent of her family. The case and its subsequent handling has received widespread media attention and condemnation from across the country, and was the subject of protests against the Yogi Adityanath government by activists and opposition. The Allahabad High Court has taken suo moto cognisance of the case and asked the victim’s family, the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police to appear before it. The family alleged that it was done without the family’s consent and that they were locked up in their house. A video emerged in which the district Magistrate is seen pressuring the family into changing their statement. He could be heard saying: ‘Don’t ruin your credibility. Half the people will leave in a couple of days. We are standing with the other ones in 2–3–3 days with the rest of the ones standing with you.
We could be the ones with the ones who stand with the others in 2-3 days and you are the ones left standing with them in 2.3–2–3-3-2-3. You are the only ones who could be standing with us in 2,3,3-4-3 and 2,4,4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-23-24-25-26-28-27-29-30-31-32-28. You can be the one who stands with us today. You’re the only one who can stand with us now. We’re standing together with you today. We’ll stand with you tomorrow. We won’t leave you standing with other ones. We will stand by you tomorrow and the next day and the day after that. We promise you that we’ll stand together.’” The victim was initially admitted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Aligarh on 14 September, with her spinal cord severely damaged. She was later moved to the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi after her condition worsened. In her three recorded statements she mentioned that she was raped and was strangled when she attempted to resist. The forensic report revealed that the victim had been strangled with her dupatta.