Hathras case: Rape or No rape

On October 2, Amit Malviya, National head of BJP IT cell shared a video in which the mother of the victim of Hathras rape case gives her statement.

In the video, the mother said that they were cutting the grass when suddenly the victim was dragged into the field by ‘Sandeep’ who is from the same village. When he tried to strangle her, however, the mother does not mention the rape attempt.

The police had also denied the rape claims, stating that the forensic and the post-mortem reports revealed that the 19-year-old girl was not raped. The investigation team would probe in the conspiracy of pushing the state into the class conflict.

From a youtube source, there is another video of the statement of the victim. When she was admitted to the Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi, in her statement she said she accused ‘Sandeep’ who tried to choke her. She further elaborates that she was cutting the grass, he then took her away. When asked if they had an ongoing family conflict, her mother agreed. 

The investigation team has come up with medical reports to support the claim and the above-mentioned evidence validates it. These statements are not entirely invalid and cannot be overlooked.

The opposition and the media can be seen doing this for covering up the event and delaying justice to the family.

Amidst the growing political tension over the death of the victim of the Hathras gang-rape case, on 3 October, the Uttar Pradesh government has also recommended a CBI probe. The brother of Hathras rape victim stated that they do not want a CBI inquiry, the SIT is already investigating the matter. 

Earlier, the state government was not allowing politicians or journalists to meet the kin of the victim for which they have received a lot of flak by the people and opposition. They elaborated that their visit would affect the law and order of the state. However, the government have now cleared away the barriers permitting the media to meet the family. 

Permission of meeting the family has been granted to only five people from the congress party including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as section 144 was imposed in Hathras and other districts during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Whereas Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in her statement ensures that they will fight against injustice, till justice is done. ‘No power can stifle the voice of the family’, challenged Rahul Gandhi. They demanded the suspension of the District Magistrate and a judicial inquiry through the supreme court.

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra meets Hathras victim’s family    photo credits- newsroompost

Smriti Irani, Women and child development minister claimed that Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Hathras is a political ploy and he does not care about justice. Several media personnel also visited the village and the family told about the agony and grief of losing their daughter, who was raped by four men. 

The Additional Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Awasthi also visited the victim’s family on the directions of Yogi Adityanath. He assured that the SIT will address every complaint that has been raised and strict action will be taken against the attackers. After the SIT submitted its first report, five policemen were suspended. The government stated that all the police and family members will undergo narco and polygraph test to prove the accuracy of the facts. The SIT is yet to submit the final report on 14th October.

Today, the Congress party member, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the behaviour of the police and the government with the family was unacceptable, started the hashtag ‘Hathrashorror’. His sister said that the state government is morally corrupt, did not react on time to the unfortunate incident and are now threatening the family to go through a narco test. 

Amid the self-claims of the rape attempt by the opposition and the media, it has become imperative to investigate the validity of the statements of the family and the police.

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