Four upper-classmen from the victim’s village in Hathras district, have been charged with gangrape and attempt to murder, also, they have been arrested.
A 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh died in Delhi on Tuesday, almost two weeks after four men from her village tortured her. The victim was initially admitted to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College And Hospital but was shifted to Safdarjung Hospital’s ICU on Monday, the woman had multiple fractures and her tongue had been cut off. The police said that the woman was dragged into the field and gang-raped. She was strangled with a dupatta.
The four men were arrested based on a statement provided by the victim on September 23, when she had regained her consciousness. She had accused three men, Sandeep, his uncle Ravi and their friend Luv Kush for committing the crime.
The victim’s family claimed that Sandeep had tried to kill the woman over some old enmity. They also claimed Sandeep and his family had always harassed Dalits in their area. Also, his grandfather, nearly two decades ago, was booked under the SC/ST Act and served three months in prison for allegedly thrashing the victim’s grandfather over a minor issue.
Reacting to this incident Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra commented, “ Law and orders in Uttar Pradesh have worsened to a great extent. There is no semblance of safety for women. The criminals are committing crimes in the open”. Tagging Uttar Pradesh’s CM Yogi Adityanath, she added, “You are responsible for the safety of women.” She demanded the accused to be punished severely.