Hathras: Aam Aadmi Party MLA Kuldeep Kumar was booked on Wednesday for meeting the Hathras victim's family even after having tested positive for COVID-19, in violation of the COVID-19 protocol, police said.
The FIR was registered against the Kondli MLA under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, at Chandpa Police Station, the police told PTI.
According to the MLA’s Twitter account, he had tested positive for the disease on September 29. He met the victim’s family on October 4. The police said the legislator should have followed 14 days of isolation norms, adding that he would be sent a notice in this regard.
In his tweet, Kumar had said that he would be self-isolating and that he got himself tested after having had a fever for two days.
However, he later posted a video of himself with the family of the victim.
A 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped by four upper-caste men on September 14 in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras. She was found beaten and tortured, her tongue cut as she bit it when the accused attempted to strangle her, the police said.
She died a fortnight later at Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital.
The woman was cremated in the dead of night near her home on September 30. Her family has alleged they were forced to hurriedly conduct her last rites by local police, triggering outrage nationwide and protests at several places across the country.
The state government has sought an apex court-monitored CBI inquiry into the incident.