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Dalit Girl Gang-Raped by Upper Caste Men in Hathras, Dies in Delhi Hospital

Four upper caste men held. Congress, Bhim Army, BSP take Adityanath government to task, seek speedy justice for victim.
Dalit Girl Gang-Raped by Upper Caste Men in Hathras, Dies in Delhi Hospital

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New Delhi: The 19-year-old dalit girl, who was brutally gang-raped, allegedly by four upper caste men in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras, succumbed to her injuries in Delhi’s Safdarjung  Hospital, according a senior police officer in Hathras.

The family of the girl said she died around 3 a.m on Tuesday, Superintendent of Police, Hathras, Vikrant Vir, said, as per a PTI report.

The grievously injured girl had been shifted to a hospital in Delhi from Aligarh on Monday after her condition showed no signs of improvement.

The girl was gang-raped on September 14 following which she was admitted to the Aligarh Muslim University's Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital.

According to Indian Express, the victim was admitted to a district hospital 15 days ago “with her tongue cut off and spinal cord severely injured, among other serious injuries”.  According to the police, the girl had been dragged into a field and gang-raped and had also been strangled with her dupatta.

“Four upper caste men of the woman’s village in Hathras district, who were charged with gang’rape and attempt to murder, apart from charges under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, have been arrested,” the police said.

The four upper caste men were arrested based on a statement provided by the victim on September 23, when she briefly regained consciousness. She had accused three men – Sandeep, his uncle Ravi (35) and their friend Luv Kush, of committing the crime, the IE report said.

Meanwhile, anger and tension was palpable in the vicinity of the girl’s home in Chandapa village with the administration deploying the Provincial Armed Constabulary there, according to a report in Hindustan Times.

 Slamming the Yogi Adityanath government for the deteriorating law and order situation and the rising insecurity of women, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said:,"@myogiadityanath you are responsible for the security of women in Uttar Pradesh," as king for “strict” punishment for the culprits.

...यूपी में कानून व्यवस्था हद से ज्यादा बिगड़ चुकी है। महिलाओं की सुरक्षा का नाम-ओ-निशान नहीं है।अपराधी खुले आम अपराध कर रहे हैं।

इस बच्ची के क़ातिलों को कड़ी से कड़ी सजा मिलनी चाहिए। @myogiadityanath उप्र की महिलाओं की सुरक्षा के प्रति आप जवाबदेह हैं। 2/2

— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) September 29, 2020

On Sunday, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad dodged the police and reached the village. He demanded Rs 1 crore compensation for the family.

Bahujan Samaj party supremo Mayawati also targeted the Yogi Adityanath government for the incident and demanded a fast-track court to handle the case.

Bhim Army Protests at Safdarjung Hospital

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and his supporters held a protest on Tuesday at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital,  PTI reported.

At the protest, the Bhim Army chief said, "I appeal to all members of the Dalit community to take to the streets and demand death penalty for the guilty. The government should not test our patience. We won't rest until the culprits are hanged."

"The state government is equally responsible for the death of our sister," Azad alleged.

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