Hathras Gangrape Victim’s Family Allege Cops Didn’t Allow Them to Bring Body Home, Forcefully Cremated Her; Police Claim ‘Last Rites Performed by Family Members’
According to reports, the family of the victim alleged that she was cremated by policemen as they were locked up in their home. The family further said police had forcibly performed the last rites late at night even though they wanted to bring her body home one last time.
Hathras, September 30: The entire nation is outraging after the 19-year-old girl, who was gangraped and tortured in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras area, died on Tuesday. According to latest reports, the family of the victim has alleged that she was cremated by policemen as they were locked up in their home on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The family further said that the police had forcibly performed the last rites late at night even though the family wanted to bring her body home one last time.
A video clip, shared by a journalist, capturing the sequence of the events shows the family arguing with cops, and throwing themselves on the hood of the ambulance carrying the body and the victim’s mother weeping helplessly after the cremation.
The Hathras Police, however, claimed this was not the case. In a tweet at 2:27 AM, the police informed that the body of the deceased had reached the village and last rites will be performed according to the family members.
According to an ANI update, the brother of the victim informed that when they told Police that they will perform funeral in the morning, they were forced to perform it immediately. “They said it has been 24 hours and the body is decomposing. We wanted to do it in the morning as more relatives would’ve come by then,” said victim’s kin.
Here’s what the victim’s brother 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: Brother of #Hathras gangrape victim pic.twitter.com/zu5llvsj8N
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 30, 2020
The Hathras Police, in their latest tweet, informed that the last rites of the dead body have been performed by the family members under the supervision of the police and administration.
Here’s the latest tweet from Hathras police:
थाना चन्दपा क्षेत्रान्तर्गत घटित दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण घटना में पुलिस एवं प्रशासन की देखरेख में परिजनो द्वारा मृतिका के शव का अन्तिम संस्कार किया गया है, उक्त सम्बन्ध में ज्वाइन्ट मजिस्ट्रेट द्वारा दी गई बाईट I@AwasthiAwanishK @dgpup @Uppolice @CMOfficeUP @HomeDepttUP @adgzoneagra pic.twitter.com/HiDIYj7dVe
— HATHRAS POLICE (@hathraspolice) September 30, 2020
Rahul Gandhi shared a video clip where a journalist asks a police officer on what is taking place late in the night. He tweeted saying that it is a shame that a daughter of India is raped, facts are suppressed, and in the end, the funeral rights are also taken away from the family members.
Check Rahul Gandhi’s tweet on the matter:
भारत की एक बेटी का रेप-क़त्ल किया जाता है, तथ्य दबाए जाते हैं और अन्त में उसके परिवार से अंतिम संस्कार का हक़ भी छीन लिया जाता है।
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 30, 2020
The woman had died at a Delhi hospital on Tuesday, two weeks after she was attacked while helping her mother in the field. The girl was gangraped allegedly by four upper-caste men in Hathras district on September 14. The victim was initially admitted to a district hospital 15 days ago with grave injuries inflicted on her body. She was later shifted to Aligarh hospital for treatment, before moving to Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital.