Hathras gang-rape: Outrage grows as UP police unfold a drama! PM Modi calls for strict action

The appalling incident of a gang-rape in Uttar Pradesh and the developments that occurred aftermath the crime have been triggering massive protests and outrage across the nation with the nationwide anger and demand to deliver justice to the victim have been growing high from the activists, opposition parties, and the general public.

The recent development from the BJP ruling state had fueled the anger after the state police had unfolded a drama as the family members of the 19-year-old Dalit girl, who was gang-raped by four upper-caste men, had alleged that the state police had forcibly cremated the body of the victim at around 3 am on Wednesday. The family said that the police didn't pay heed to their request to bring the body home for the last time. 

In what has become one of the dreadful incidents in the row of violence against women, the 19-year-old girl was gang-raped two weeks ago and she was initially treated at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in the Aligarh Muslim University campus in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh and after her health deteriorated, she was moved to Delhi for further treatments. According to reports, the girl was attacked in a field when she went to collect cattle fodder on September 14. 

The gang of four men had attacked and dragged her and raped her. The accused had attempted to strangulate her to death. However, she had resisted their attempt during which she ended up bitting her tongue and she suffered a severe cut on it. The reports say that the gang had raped her near her home in Hathras district, which is about 100 kilometers from Delhi. 

She had sustained severe injuries on her body and spinal cord and she was rushed to the Jawahar Lal Nehru Hospital in Aligarh. Nearly a week after she was admitted, the girl divulged the police that she had been raped by four men and she also had named them. Following the revelation, the police had arrested Sandip, Ramu, Ravi, and Lavkush, whom the girl named and all the four accused have been booked under the grounds of gang rape, attempt to murder, and under sections of the SC/ST Act. The victim was the youngest of five siblings and she was placed under life support. 

As her health had deteriorated, her father had requested to move her to Delhi for further treatments following which she was taken to Delhi and admitted at Safdarjung hospital on Monday evening. However, amid the treatment, she had breathed her last on Tuesday morning, which had sparked protests and outrage across the country. 

Following her demise, the family left from Delhi on Tuesday night amid heavy police deployment. The body of the victim was taken by the Uttar Pradesh police and after they reached the girl's native district of Hathras, the police had taken the body to a crematorium despite the family requested to let them take the body for the last time. 

Speaking to ANI, one of the brothers of the deceased girl said, "We'd told Police that we'll perform funeral in morning. But they were in haste & were forcing us to do it immediately. They said it has been 24 hrs and body is decomposing. We wanted to do it in morning as more relatives would've come by then". The reports say that the woman's father was accompanied by 30 to 40 people including her relatives had gone to the crematorium near Bool Garhi village, under Chandpa police limits, in Hathras in the western Uttar Pradesh. 


The cremation had the presence of the senior police and officials from the district administration. As the development of the sudden cremation came to light, it had sparked outrage and the nation has been witnessing fierce protests that were staged in Delhi and Hathras as the opposition leaders and celebrities have been voicing against the incident and demanding the government to deliver justice to the victim. The police, however, maintained that the cremation was done as per the wishes of the family.

Amid growing anger and demand, the Uttar Pradesh government has formed a committee to probe the matter. According to reports, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has on Wednesday installed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the gang-rape incident. The SIT would be consisting of three members and it will be headed by state home secretary Bhagwan Swarup and will have Inspector General Chandraprakash and PAC (Pradeshik Armed Constabulary) Sena Nayak Poonam as members. 

The SIT has been directed to submit the report within seven days.  The Chief Minister has also directed for the trial of the case in a fast-track court. On Wednesday, Yogi Adityanath said that the culprits of the gang-rape incident will not be spared and stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to him regarding the incident and said that the strictest of action must be taken against the culprits. 


Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and wrote in Hindi that, "A daughter of India is raped, facts are suppressed, and in the end the right to funeral is also taken away from her family. It is abusive and unjust". On Tuesday, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli said, "What happened in #Hathras is inhumane and goes beyond cruelty. Hope the culprits of this heinous crime will be brought to justice".