Policemen stealthily cremated the body of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras district in September.
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday charged 4 Thakur males with the gang rape and homicide of a 19-year-old Dalit lady in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras district in September, basing its findings on the dying declaration of the sufferer and rejecting earlier statements by state authorities officers and the police that disputed the incidence of rape.

After a two-month-long investigation into the crime that galvanised India and sparked road protests, CBI filed the cost sheet within the court docket of the particular choose in Hathras. The doc mentioned the 4 males — Sandeep, Ravi, Luv Kush and Ramu — allegedly gang raped and murdered the woman when she went to the fields to gather fodder within the early hours of September 14.

They have been charged beneath Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections pertaining to assault, rape, homicide and gang rape, other than these beneath the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The most sentence beneath these fees is dying.

“It took time but the truth prevailed. Now, we are getting the impression that justice would be delivered to us,” mentioned the sufferer’s brother. “My sister’s soul would be at peace when the guilty are punished.”

“It has been a period of agony for us but if CBI finds these four accused guilty of gang rape and murder of my sister, we are optimistic about getting justice in the near future,” added the sufferer’s brother.

Opposition events attacked the UP authorities and blamed senior administration and police officers, who had claimed there was no rape within the case on the premise of medical exams that consultants deemed defective. These feedback have been additionally seen as undercutting the investigation, particularly at a time when state police was beneath hearth for its alleged delay in responding to the sufferer, forcibly cremating her physique, and blocking media entry to the Dalit household at the same time as upper-caste Brahmin and Bania communities held large gatherings to corral help for the 4 accused males.

The authorities rejected the fees.

“In the Hathras case, immediately after the victim’s statement, the UP police altered the sections in the FIR and arrested the four accused and sent them to jail. The chief minister himself announced recommending a CBI probe. On October 3-4, the government sent a letter asking for CBI probe and on October 10, CBI took over the case and began probe on October 11. Before CBI took over the case, the UP government submitted an affidavit in Supreme Court saying that the government wants CBI probe. The government had requested to the SC to get the case probed in whichever way it wants (including under its supervision) by the CBI so that the truth comes out and victim get justice,” mentioned a state authorities spokesperson.

The lady was gang raped on September 14 and rushed to a hospital in close by Aligarh city, the place she additionally recorded her assertion. As her situation deteriorated, she was moved to Delhi on September 28, and died within the early hours the subsequent day at Safdarjang hospital.

Later that night, her physique was taken to the village, and towards the needs of the household, she was forcibly cremated in the midst of the evening by native officers. The subsequent day, the village was barricaded and the household reduce off from chatting with the media. The restrictions have been solely lifted a few days later amid rising outrage over the heinous crime and the alleged police laxity.

Senior administration and police officers additionally disputed that the sufferer was raped, declaring that no proof was discovered within the medical examination. But consultants identified that the examination was carried out in violation of protocol and too late to search out any conclusive proof.

CBI, whose investigation is being overseen by the Allahabad excessive court docket, appeared to haven’t passed by the statements of the officers and concluded that the sufferer suffered gang rape. Its findings have been primarily based on the dying assertion of the lady — during which she named the accused and the crime dedicated on her — along with scientific and forensic proof, and statements of witnesses and the sufferer’s household.

“The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial,” learn a CBI assertion.

Days after the crime, the state authorities constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the case, however the matter was handed over to CBI on October 10. On October 27, the Supreme Court requested the Allahabad excessive court docket to observe the probe carried out by CBI. The court docket took suo-motu (by itself) cognisance of the incident and the controversial cremation and criticised native officers. The UP authorities is conducting a separate probe into an alleged worldwide plot to defame the state administration.

MS Pundheer, the counsel for the 4 accused, mentioned, “The charge sheet has been filed against all four accused namely Sandeep, Luv Kush, Ramu and Ravi. The court has taken cognisance.”

The Opposition attacked the federal government over the case.

“The BJP government, despite its reluctance and resistance, had to refer the Hathras case to CBI because of immense pressure from people, the Opposition and the media. Now, finally, on the basis of the dying declaration of the victim, charge sheet has been filed against four accused. Without struggle, one can’t get anything under BJP rule, be it justice or rights,” mentioned former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Congress basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who visited the sufferer’s household in October alongside together with her brother Rahul Gandhi, mentioned the cost sheet raised severe questions in regards to the Yogi Adityanath authorities.

“This development raises serious questions on the Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, UP police, ADG law and order, district magistrate of Hathras and senior functionaries of the state administration,” mentioned Gandhi Vadra in a press release. “The state left no stone unturned to deny the victim dignity in life and death…however, the entire might of the Uttar Pradesh government and police could not suppress the truth.”

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