Hathras rape case Live Updates: Rahul, Priyanka’s march to Hathras stopped midway – The Indian Express

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra walk with Congress workers along the Yamuna Expressway, after their vehicle was stopped by the authorities.

Hathras rape case Live news Updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, whose march with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to Hathras was stopped, alleged that the police lathicharged and pushed him to the ground. Gandhis had begun a march to Hathras after their cars were stopped by authorities. On her way to the district, Priyanka said that Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath cannot shrug responsibility.

Ahead of Gandhis visit, Section 144 has been imposed in the district and the borders have been sealed. Gandhis want to meet the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after allegedly being gang-raped and tortured by four upper-caste men in the Uttar Pradesh district. The victim’s family also alleged that the UP Police had cremated her forcibly without their permission.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Police also lathi-charged few Samajwadi Party workers on NH- 93. They were trying to reach the victim’s house.

In other development, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state’s police chief in connection with the Hathras rape. NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance in connection with the “gang rape and brutality of a 19-year-old women belonging to the Scheduled Caste in Hathras district”, the rights panel said in a statement.

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Rahul Gandhi, who is on his way to Hathras, accused the police of pushing him and starting lathicharge on workers. “I want to ask, can only Modi Ji walk in this country? Can’t a normal person walk?”

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who were marching their way to Hathras, have been stopped at Yamuna Expressway. Earlier in the day, Gandhi’s cars were also stopped after which they decided to walk towards Hathras.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is marching towards Hathras, said Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath cannot shrug responsibility. “UP CM must take responsibility for the safety of women and ensure atrocities against them are stopped. Unless govt is shaken, woken up, it will not do anything to ensure women’s safety. The incident (Hathras gangrape) was a big injustice and what the govt did after that in cremating the body was a bigger insult. Around the same time last year, we were fighting for the Unnao daughter, the situation in UP has not changed in a year,” she said.

Days after the Hathras gangrape and murder case, a 22-year-old Dalit woman died after she was raped, in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur. According to the police, the accused took the woman to a doctor after the rape, but when her condition deteriorated, sent her home.

Senior police officers said two men, identified as Shahid and Sahil, have been arrested. They had called her to their place “on the pretext of friendship”, an officer said. “In the complaint, the family members have alleged that two youth raped the girl and then took her to a doctor. When her condition deteriorated, instead of taking her to a hospital, they sent her home. We have arrested both the accused,” he added.

Social media was soon rife with claims that the woman’s arms and legs had been broken. The Balrampur police, however, put out several tweets denying this, saying the postmortem report had not found such injuries.

In a democracy, the state is granted the monopoly of violence, but, in turn, it is bound to fairness, justice and due process for all — and not just the few. But lawkeepers, unless held accountable to law, remain a weapon in the hands of the powerful. The Hathras incident underlines that the all-powerful UP policeman, impatient with the checks of procedure and law, stands against the vulnerable and powerless. The UP police has often justified its excesses in the name of maintaining law and order; it must ask itself what law was protected by violating the sanctity of a 19-year-old girl’s last rites.

Policemen at the victim’s village, a day after her cremation. (Express photo by Gajendra Yadav)

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who were stopped on their way to Hathras have begun a march to meet the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after being gang-raped and tortured by four upper-caste men in the Uttar Pradesh district

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who were heading to Hathras, were stopped by authorities on Yamuna Expressway, the party said. The Gandhis were on their way to meet the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after being gang-raped and tortured by four upper-caste men in the Uttar Pradesh district.

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are on their way to Hathras. However, Section 144 has been imposed in the district and administration has also banned large gatherings.

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are on their way to Hathras (Twitter/Manoj CG)

The Uttar Police also lathi-charged few Samajwadi Party workers on NH- 93. They were trying to reach the victim’s house.

Terming the Hathras gang-rape incident as “barbaric and shameful”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the “forceful cremation” of the victim has exposed those who use lofty promise and slogans to seek votes. “Have no words to condemn the barbaric & shameful incident at Hathras involving a young Dalit girl. My deepest condolences to the family. More shameful is the forceful cremation without the family’s presence or consent, exposing those who use slogans & lofty promises for votes.” Banerjee said on Twitter.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra have left for Hathras, news agency ANI reported. On Wednesday, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra questioned the Chief Minister’s delay in responding to the incident and demanded his resignation. Vadra said that “instead of protecting the victim and her family, your government became complicit in depriving her of every single human right, even in death. You have no moral right to continue as Chief Minister”.

“Were you waiting for the Prime Minister’s phone call? Why didn’t you do anything for 15 days? The girl…was not taken to a good hospital. She was brought to Delhi the day before yesterday night. And what was the treatment meted out to her family? They were not allowed to take her body to her home for one last time. Her father could not light her funeral pyre. They were locked up in a room. Your government is so inhumane,” she said.

Police barricading at Hathras-Mathura Road. This is 2.5 km away from the victim’s village.

“The barbaric criminals will definitely be punished for their barbarism. The probe teams are carrying out the investigation. But I think there should not be political tourism on the same. Those who are trying to increase the tension through political tourism, should not do that. Everyone is saddened and want punishment for the culprits, Uttar Pradesh govt is working towards it. You will see the results soon,” Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Calling for exercising patience over the Hathras gang-rape incident, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Wednesday said under the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, a “vehicle can overturn anytime”. “The case will be tried in a fast-track court and I think we should all wait and have patience. All of them will go behind bars. Because under Yogiji, who is the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, I know that in his state a vehicle can overturn anytime.” Vijayvargiya did not elaborate, but he was apparently referring to the death of dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey in an alleged encounter with the UP police in July.

The death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman, who was brutally gangraped two weeks ago in Hathras, led to a nationwide outrage. Many activists and protesters added their voices to the chorus of condemnation. Below are some pictures from protests that took place yesterday


In West Bengal, the student wing of Congress held a protest in front of Raj Bhavan, Kolkata on Wednesday

Members of various political and students outfits were detained by police at the UP Bhavan in Delhi

Members of the Ajad Samaj party and Bhim Army burn effigy of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Ludhiana

The NHRC has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the state’s police chief in connection with the Hathras rape. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognisance in connection with the “gang rape and brutality of a 19-year-old women belonging to the Scheduled Caste in Hathras district”, the rights panel said in a statement.
The Commission has sent notices to the chief secretary of the state government and the Director General of Police of Uttar Pradesh, the officials said.

“Then incident has raised many questions about the law and order situation in the state. Many such incidents have occurred in the state of Uttar Pradesh where the members of the Scheduled Community have been subjected to discrimination and harassment by the people belonging to upper castes,” it said, adding that the response is expected within four weeks

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh also attacked the Yogi government over the “jungle raj” in the state. “We saw Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanth giving advice to others during the past some months. I suggest him to take care of his state and take strict action against ‘jungle raj’ prevailing there,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI

AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP and UP in-charge, Sanjay Singh, questioned UP Police over a purported video of a policeman telling the victim’s family that there had been some mistakes from their side, too. “We are disgusted by this government. You forcefully cremated that girl without the permission of her family… You cremated her without Hindu rituals,” Singh said in a video statement.

Singh also questioned Mayawati, who had described the death as “saddening”, and alleged that she was unable to “speak freely against this government”.

BSP chief Mayawati also slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the law and order situation in the state. “After Hathras incident, I hoped UP govt will take action against people committing crimes against women. But a similar crime has been committed against a Dalit student in Balrampur. Under BJP’s UP govt, criminals, mafias and rapists are having a free run. Not a single day passes in UP without any crime against women. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should resign if he can’t ensure safety to women. He is unable to maintain law & order in the state. I urge the Centre to send him to his place – Gorakhnath Math. If he doesn’t like the temple, he should be given the task of Ram Temple construction.”

In a video statement, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said there “was an attempt to hush up the entire case”. Party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra questioned the Chief Minister’s delay in responding to the incident and demanded his resignation. The party’s state chief, Ajay Lallu, said protests were held in several districts, including Lucknow, Shahjahanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Bahraich, Pratapgarh, Gorakhpur and Prayagraj.

Hathras gangrape: At a protest in Kolkata

On Wednesday, following a call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath formed a three-member SIT to investigate the incident and asked it to submit a report within seven days. Facing protests and widespread outrage, the state also said it would set up a fast track court to hear the case. Besides, it announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the victim’s family, a government job for a family member, and a house in Hathras city under the State Urban Development Agency.

The Opposition parties, including the Congress, SP, BSP, and AAP, have targeted the government for the alleged “forced cremation” of the victim.

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Hathras gangrape: The funeral pyre of the Hathras victim, hours later. (Express photo: Amil Bhatnagar)

The body of the victim was cremated a little after 3 am Wednesday — with her family saying police had forcibly performed the last rites late at night even though they wanted to bring her body home one last time.

The victim was initially admitted to a district hospital 15 days ago with her tongue cut off and spinal cord severely injured, among other serious injuries. She was later shifted to Aligarh hospital for treatment, before moving to Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital. The police said the victim had been dragged into a field and gangraped. She had also been strangled with her dupatta.

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